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Medical Physics open for healthcare science week

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As part of the national Healthcare Science Week 2015 starting Monday 16 March, public open days are being held in the medical physics departments at the University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Medical physics and clinical engineering is one of the most exciting parts of the NHS to work in, and is responsible for 5% of the total NHS workforce. It combines physics and engineering with healthcare, delivering and contributing to many services such as diagnostic imaging (nuclear medicine, x-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging), radiation safety, radiotherapy and clinical and rehabilitation engineering.

Dr Alison Mackie, consultant medical physicist and clinical director medical physics for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said, "Healthcare science week is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and interest people in the work of the healthcare science community and the regional medical physics team in particular and the vital role we play in patient care, diagnosis and treatment."

The medical physics department at UHND will be open on Monday 16 March from 2.15 to 3.45pm, and on Wednesday 18 March from 10.30 to 12 noon, and 3.45 to 4.45pm.

At Darlington Memorial Hospital, the medical physics department is open on Tuesday 17 March from 12 noon to 1pm, and on Thursday 19 March from 4 to 5pm.

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'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital