The Centre provides a range of medical laser services to the NHS. In summary these include:
- A range of on-site day-case treatments using photodynamic therapy (PDT).
- Screening with Photo-detection fluorescence bronchoscopy
- Mobile service providing equipment and expertise off-site
- Training in the medical applications of lasers, PDT and PD
- The Centre would also like to hear from potential associates interested in specific areas of research
Patients can be referred to the Centre’s associate Honorary Consultants. Contact in the first instance should be with the Centre. Details at Contact Us.
If a patient is suitable for laser therapy an Hon. Consultant can either provide appropriate treatment at the Centre at Goole & District Hospital, or it may be possible to provide treatment at the consultant’s or patient’s local hospital by providing equipment and expertise with the Mobile Unit to support the Hon. Consultant at that location.
NICE has approved a growing list of treatments, but the patient's PCT will have to agree to meet the required funding. At the discretion of the Laser Trust (Charity) help with some costs is occasionally provided on humanitarian grounds.
Private Treatment: Patients can access services privately if there is no alternative and they have the funds available, or have adequate private health insurance.
The Centre is accredited by the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA), the European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine (EPPM), and equipment manufacturers to provide training. Health Professionals can either take advantage of standard training sessions at Goole & District Hospital, or the Centre can quote for providing bespoke sessions. Alternatively training can be provided at other hospitals via the Centre’s Mobile Unit.
Mobile Treatment and Training Unit (MTTU):
The Mobile Unit, which carries some of the world’s most sophisticated medical lasers, was developed by Professor Moghissi, the Centre’s Clinical Director. He explains: "We have been serving many patients from around the region and beyond, but there was a clear need to provide our expertise in other hospitals and a mobile unit was the obvious solution."
Lung, oesophagael and gynaecological cancer sufferers in particular will benefit from the sophisticated new equipment the van carries. Advances in Laser technology means that these lasers are now very portable. Equipment includes (but may be subject to change):
Diomed 60 & PDT630 lasers: The Diomed 60 laser is able to vaporise and destroy tissue. It is used to remove tumours from cavities in the body such as the lungs, oesophagus, stomach and lower bowel. The Diomed PDT630 laser provides a bright red light of 630 nanometres that is used in Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT). PDT uses a combination of a drug (known as a photo-sensitising agent), laser light and oxygen to destroy tumours.
It is expensive for hospitals to keep up to date with new laser technology and equipment and staffing costs may mean that the full potential of medical lasers is not being fulfilled as a result.
The Centre provides the expertise and equipment, enabling hospitals to more easily make use of the very latest in medical laser technology.