Journal article

Victoria (Australia) radiotherapy response to working through the first and second wave of COVID-19: Strategies and staffing

Kym Rykers, Mark Tacey, Jack Bowes, Kerryn Brown, Eva Yuen, Carlene Wilson, Richard Khor, Farshad Foroudi

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIATION ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The COVID-19 pandemic demanded a rapid response within Radiation Oncology services to minimise the risk of infection to patients and workforce. This study aimed to assess whether the operational changes put in place to reduce infection risks were effective in engaging and supporting staff. METHODS: Our service's response saw staff and patients split into morning or afternoon shifts without overlap. Changes included extended clinic hours, modified treatment regimens, expanded online/electronic communication and remote working. Staff were invited to respond to an electronic questionnaire in September 2020, just after the peak of the second COVID-19 wave in Victoria. Responses cap..

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