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Welcome to the Radiotherapy department at the Royal Derby Hospital

Radiotherapy Reception

What will happen on my first visit?

You will be welcomed and checked in at the reception desk by one of our reception team. We will require your full name to do this. You will be asked to take a seat in the appropriate waiting room, where there are magazines, TV, hot & cold drinks, snacks and toilets. A room may be made available for any patient who does not feel well enough to sit in our main waiting areas.

On your first appointment, a member of staff will collect you from the waiting area for a “new patient chat”. They will explain to you your treatment, what is involved, the intended benefits and side effects of your treatment and provide you with advice on looking after yourself during your treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have.

Radiotherapy scanner

You will then be escorted to the CT scanner for your scan. Depending on your diagnosis, you may be asked to:

  • Change into a gown, Complete a bladder/bowel prep, 
  • Hold your breath during a second scan.
  • You’ll possibly be given an injection of dye in order to highlight some anatomy, 
  • Wear a special patient specific (thermoplastic) mask on your head.


This is not applicable for every patient, but it will be fully explained to you if required. 

During the scan you will be asked to lie still on the couch, sometimes with additional apparatus and pads to help you to maintain your position. The radiographers will have to leave the room while you have the scan but will be watching you all the time. Should you have any problems you can give us a wave, we can interrupt the scan.

Radiotherapy image
As mentioned above, it may be required for you to wear a thermoplastic mask/shell on your head (+/- shoulders) in order to maintain position. In this case, your first appointment will be slightly longer as it requires time for the shell to be made in the Mould Room. 


We have music in a lot of our rooms to help you throughout the experience. Please feel free to bring in your own CD mix for your appointments. Once the scan has been completed, the images are used to plan your individual treatment.