The department has its own Radiopharmacy Unit where tracers are
produced for our own use and for other hospitals elsewhere in the
region. The facility also includes a PET radiopharmacy,
blood-labelling suite, and quality control laboratory.
The Radiopharmacy Unit is
located within the Nuclear Medicine Centre on the ground floor of
St Mary's Hospital (Women's) in the newer part of Central
Manchester University Hospitals. The current Nuclear Medicine
Centre opened on 29th June 2009, the Radiopharmacy Unit opened on
14th November 2009.
The Radiopharmacy Unit provides
comprehensive radiopharmaceutical services to the Trust and to
other hospitals. The service includes the manufacture and quality
control of radiopharmaceuticals and preparation of radio-labelled
blood components for clinical use.
The Unit holds a MHRA
Manufacturer's 'Specials' Licence (MS 21387) and a Manufacturing
Authorisation for Investigational Medicinal Products MA(IMP)
The Radiopharmacy Aseptic Unit
comprises of three clean rooms each with a separate changing room
that conform to EC GMP Grade C and D standards.
The EC GMP Grade C clean room is
the Radiopharmacy Preparation Room contains an Amercare Technetium
Dispensing Suite Isolator for the preparation of radio-medicinal
(mainly technetium) products
One of the EC GMP Grade D clean
rooms contains an Amercare Compact Blood Labelling Suite Isolator
for the preparation of radiolabelled blood products.
The other EC GMP Grade D clean
room contains a heavily shielded PET/Radiotherapy suite
The Radiopharmacy Unit has
long-standing and close links with the University of Manchester and
participates in the research and development of
radiopharmaceuticals including radiopharmacy practice research. The
Unit is also involved in the education and training, both
nationally and internationally, of all grades of multidisciplinary
staff in Radiopharmacy, Clinical Nuclear Medicine and Medical
Key Contacts for Radiopharmacy:
Dr Beverley Ellis, Consultant Radiopharmacist, Head of
Dr Fackson Mutambo, Senior Radiopharmacist, Radiopharmacy
Gema Puertas, Radiopharmacist, Production