Theatre upgrade for interventional radiology

Interventional radiology is a medical speciality that uses the various imaging and scanning facilities to offer a range of minimally invasive procedures which, in many cases, can replace conventional open surgery. Advances in scanning and medical device technologies over recent years have seen a huge increase in the scope and ability of Interventional Radiology to treat a wide variety of conditions.

Heartlands has one of the busiest interventional radiology centres in the country, offering over 60 different procedures and performing over 2,500 examinations a year. As part of the rolling improvement works currently underway with the imaging department, a £750,000 refurbishment of the theatre is underway to upgrade the equipment and facilities.

The modern facilities and state-of-the-art imaging equipment will allow the team to see and treat more patients, more quickly due to reduced waiting times, along with the ability to perform a wider-range of procedures. The new surroundings will also make a huge difference to not only the service but to all our hospital sites, patients and staffs’ care and experience.

In order to complete the upgrade, the theatre will remain closed until the opening of the replacement theatre in March. The next stage of the project will see the relocation and upgrade of the general x-ray room with digital equipment, followed by a newly refurbished digital x-ray room in the Emergency Department. Further equipment purchased includes a digital x-ray mobile, an image intensifier, MRI and CT scanner. The Interventional Radiology theatre at Good Hope was fully refurbished and upgraded in 2012, along with seeing the arrival of a new ultrasound machine and a digital x-ray room in its Emergency  Imaging Department late last year.

There may be some slight changes to the imaging and radiology service while the on-going transformation work is carried out. All patients with related appointments will be informed ahead of attending the hospital and operational updates for staff will be in the weekly Round-up.

Further improvement plans are underway, not just at Heartlands and Good Hope, but Solihull too. The latest updates are available @HEFTradiology and keep an eye out in future editions of News@.

£3 million investment to provide best in patient care

Patients are set to benefit following the opening of a new state of the art digital x-ray room at Good Hope.  Refurbishment of the x-ray room started in the summer and was completed in October following the arrival of the new equipment. The new x-ray room, based in the Emergency Department, will not only give patients access to the best care and experience, it will support the team and the site to better manage the increasingly heavy demand on its emergency services.

Good Hope has already benefitted from the arrival of a new ultrasound machine in the main imaging department and there are further plans in place to replace the CT Scanner later this year along with adding an additional MRI scanner in April 2017.

The imaging equipment replacement is part of a larger project across all sites, which has seen an investment of over £3m, to upgrade and modernise the imaging facilities ahead of the planned developments with the ACAD.

Work will be carried out over the coming months and is set to complete by the summer of 2017. These will include a replacement interventional radiology room at Heartlands along with the relocation and replacement of general x-ray room, replacement of the ED x-ray room, digital x-ray mobile, an image intensifier, MRI and CT scanner. Solihull will also be receiving new equipment in the coming months, to which plans are currently being finalised.

The teams are now working with NHS Supply Chain in the design of a rolling equipment replacement programme and have started exploring possible options for the next financial year and beyond. Further information and the details will be circulated to patients and staff once the timelines have been agreed as, in order to complete the work, some disruption to service may occur.

Once complete, the imaging equipment upgrade will make a huge difference to not only the service but to all our hospital sites, patients and staffs’ care and experience.

Step forward for state-of-the-art ACAD Centre

Heartlands Hospital has secured the initial £3m funding required to kick start the ‘design and enabling works’ of a new, state-of-the-art health centre building on the site. The opening of a proposed Ambulatory Care And Diagnostics (ACAD) Centre would provide world-class facilities and equipment, giving thousands of patients access to high quality care in a new and improved environment.

The estimated £70m project would also help the hospital better manage the increasing demands on its services. Endoscopy, outpatients and a range of day case procedures and associated imaging are thought to be some of the vital services likely to be housed within the building.

Dame Julie Moore, interim chief executive said: “We have been in negotiations for some time with the Treasury and are very pleased to have now secured the first tranche of funding we need to take this ambitious project forward.

This much-needed investment for Heartlands will make a huge difference to how many of our services are run and will greatly benefit our patients’ and staff’s experience. Although nationally Trusts are currently subject to increased scrutiny, we remain confident and hopeful that following the initial ‘enabling works’ stage, we can secure further funding to proceed to the building phase.”

Solihull Hospital Breast Imaging Team introduce latest 3D screening technology

Solihull Hospital patients are to benefit from the latest in 3D diagnostic screening to detect breast cancer.  In December 2016, the Breast Imaging Team at Solihull Hospital upgraded to the GE’s SenoClaire Tomosynthesis equipment which uses a low dose x-ray sweep equivalent to that of a 2D acquisition.

Following the investment, the most up-to-date technologies will be available to patients using the Symptomatic Breast Service at Heart of England NHS Foundation. We perform up to five procedures a week and are collecting data to support a clinical audit of the use of Tomosynthesis within our symptomatic service. The improved 3D image quality will allow the team to provide the highest level of care possible to all patients.

Before receiving the new equipment, local protocol was to use two view Tomosynthesis (CC and MLO) to the appropriate breast, with the intention of replacing the need for traditional paddle views in patients with asymmetric densities/distortions of the breast.

The new equipment will enable the trust to compare findings to those of other centres within the UK using the technology.

Good Hope to showcase innovative equipment for speedy scanning

Good Hope Hospital will be showcasing its new radiology facilities with latest scanning technology on 11 December. The event will be opened by Free Radio presenter, Russ Morris.

The Hospital has invested over £1.5 million in modernised technology and rennovated areas of the radiology department including a new state-of-the-art CT scanner. This scanner will improve patients’ experience through faster scanning, reduced exposure to radiation and more efficient diagnosis through clearer images.

Approximately 13,000 patients per year have a CT scan at Good Hope to diagnose and monitor a variety of health conditions including cancer.

Theresa Hull, radiographer at Good Hope said:

“We’re very pleased with this new investment in technology, which will give patients a quicker, more comfortable experience and look forward to opening the doors to staff; local GPs and the public to come ans see what facilities we have to offer in the radiology department.”

Celebrate World Radiography Day 2012

WRD-logo2012World radiography day is celebrated on 8 November each year. The date marks the anniversary of the discovery of x-radiation by Roentgen in 1895. Radiographers worldwide can use the day and the days around the date to promote radiography as a career, as a vital contribution to modern healthcare and as a chance to increase public awareness of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy. On this page you will find news of world radiography day events by SoR members. All of the materials and advice about celebrating and promoting radiography is here.

Visit the Society of Radiographers – World Radiography Day website entirely about world radiography day.

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Annual Health and Social Care Awards

HEFT staff cleaned up at the Annual Health and Social Care Awards this summer, hosted each year by Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Health to celebrate educational achievements from nominated students, teaching staff and clinical placement areas.

As well as the practice placement team proudly collecting a student nominated practice award on behalf of Ward 11 at Heartlands Hospital, two diploma nursing students, Holly Flannagan and Rose Beirne were awarded certificates of commendation following a patient nomination for excellent care at Solihull Hospital.

An award was also given to Bala Katyal, who received a Student Nominated Practice Award for Allied Health Professionals. Having recently graduated from a BSC (Hons) degree in diagnostic radiography, Heartlands radiographer, Thomas McHugh gained the highest mark on his course and won a student of excellence award.

Rachael Priddle, Practice Placement Manager, said:

“We were very honoured to share such stories of excellence for both students and mentors alike and be part of the celebrations for those hard working clinical areas that provide excellent placement experiences for our future nurses and clinicians at HEFT.”

Super new heart laboratory opens at Heartlands Hospital

dr-murray-cath-lab013Heartlands Hospital’s new cardiac catheterisation laboratory (cath lab) is now officially open for business.

At an investment of over half a million plus building works, the facility strengthens the Hospital’s cardiology department as a leading centre in the West Midlands. The new cath lab, which contains state of the art diagnostic imaging equipment, is used to support patients undergoing coronary procedures.

Dr R Gordon Murray, recently retired leading national expert and consultant cardiologist, officially opened the cath lab. Dr Murray said:

“Heartlands Hospital already has an established cath lab facility which is second to none and together with the new lab, patients will really benefit from the best possible care and treatment. Between the two labs we expect to see more than 1,600 patients receiving treatment of coronary artery blockages per year and I know we shall continue to deliver a service at the leading edge of cardiology.”