Northern Ireland

Belfast City Hospital: Radiotherapy delays due to technical fault

Cancer centre

Patients scheduled to receive radiotherapy at the cancer centre at Belfast City Hospital have experienced delays due to a technical fault with the treatment machines.

Belfast Trust warned there may be further delays in the coming days.

It said plans are being put in place to minimise patient disruption "as much as possible".

"We are in contact with our patients and are keeping them informed as the situation evolves," the Trust said.

"Patients should expect to hear from the radiotherapy team if a change to their appointment is required."

The Trust apologised to any patients who have been affected by the disruption at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre.

Roisin Foster, chief executive of Cancer Focus NI, said that a delay in treatment protocol will add to patients' anxiety.

"The cancer centre will be doing everything they can to get this rectified and to get the programme back on for patients," she told BBC News NI's Good Morning Ulster programme.