link-ups between cancer experts in Malta and Leeds have brought £1.4m to the city’s hospitals.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has secured a series of deals with the Mediterranean island to share expertise in treating cancer.
Two groups of Maltese students have now come to Leeds for training and another contract has just been signed for Leeds specialists to commission a radiotherapy machines in Malta’s flagship Mater Dei Hospital.
Prof David Brettle, head of medical physics and engineering at Leeds hospitals, said: “This activity is not just about providing commercial services but creating a long-term partnership with Malta that will also broaden our own local experience and expertise.
“This gives us the ability to offer our services more widely which, as well as bringing in additional income, ultimately allows us to maintain, and expand, local resources for the benefit of our own local NHS patients.”
The first group of medical physics students from the Sir Paul Boffa Hospital in Malta came to St James’s Hospital in Leeds last year, which led to a further contract to train a second group.
After a team from Leeds visited Malta, the hospitals trust signed a further contract to commission three linear accelerators in the country, which deliver radiotherapy.
The contracts, worth around £1.4m, are part of a plan to develop Malta’s oncology services, which is partially funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund.
Further opportunities for long-term partnerships between cancer experts from the Bexley Wing in Leeds and counterparts in Malta are now being looked at.