07 JULY 2017 / Inauguration of the new linear accelerator (linac) and medical equipment at the General University Hospital of Crete, with the SNF support

On Friday, July 7th, the General University Hospital of Crete inaugurated the new linear accelerator (linac) which begins its clinical operations, upon the successful completion of the configuration, installation and license works for the machine, streamlining the operation of the Hospital’s radiotherapy department and patient treatment methods in the surrounding areas.

This is the second operative piece of radiotherapy equipment, following the new, state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment, already in operation at the Theagenio Cancer Hospital, in Thessaloniki. 

The upgrade of the radiotherapy equipment is implemented within the context of the program for the replacement of radiotherapy equipment in Greek public hospitals, a substantial imitative-contribution of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to support cancer treatment in Greece, totaling to €20 million. The program, which also supports the implementation of theoretical and practical training for the competent scientific personnel, in Greece and abroad, is expected to be completed in 2018, with the installation of ten pieces of radiotherapy equipment in seven public hospitals across the country.

In addition, through an exclusive SNF grant, the Cardiology and Cardio Surgery Clinics of General University Hospital of Crete were supplied with new medical equipment, including two cardiac ultrasounds and a cardiac stress test for the cardiopulmonary lab, as well as hospital beds and patient monitoring systems, respectively.

Speech by Christos Katharios, Program & Technical Officer, SNF