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FOI 0510 2019/20 Linac Machines – Days Out Of Service

Freedom of Information Request: 0510 2019/20

I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

  • In the last calendar year to date 26/11/2019, for each radiotherapy machine(Linac) of the radiotherapy machines that were commissioned for service for the entire period, how many days was each machine out of service for more than half of the standard working day for repairs or maintenance;

7 conventional Linacs were fully commissioned over the entire period at the QE (please note this is the only site that provides Radiotherapy for UHB)

Linac Days on which the linac was out of service for > ½ the working day
A 21
B 17
C 27
D 19
E 12
F 17
G 16

This indicates the number of days (occasions) on which over half the day was taken for maintenance, QC, repair and upgrades, and should not be used to quantify the actual downtime.

  • And, for each machine of the radiotherapy machines that were commissioned for service for the entire period specified, what proportion did these days(in which the machine in question was out of service for repairs and maintenance for more than half of the standard working day) comprise of the total number of days the machine, had it not been being repaired or maintained, would have been able to treat patients if staffed (excluding days which were not staffed to provide radiotherapy – for instance, some Trusts won’t have staffing arrangement on weekends and bank holidays, so those days should be omitted when calculating this ratio).

 

Room % of the total due to maintenance and repair
A 8.1
B 6.6
C 10.5
D 7.4
E 4.7
F 6.6
G 6.2

 

256 working days were available over the period and the above is the % taken by maintenance and repair. This % should not be used to quantify the actual downtime for the reason given above.

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