Picture perfect as imaging department goes digital

Patients set to benefit from the latest state-of-the art digital imaging technology as phase 1 of a £3 million equipment refurbishment nears completion.

 This month, Heartlands completed the £680,000 refurbishment of the interventional radiology suite along with a £270,000 digital x-ray room in its Emergency Department and £425,000 purpose-built general x-ray room within the main hospital. This follows the replacement of a digital x-ray mobile, an image intensifier and CT scanner equipment earlier this year.

The trustwide refurbishment project has also seen Good Hope take arrival of a new ultrasound machine in the main imaging department and a new digital x-ray room in its Emergency  Imaging Department. Plans are now underway to replace the CT scanner with completion by the summer.

The modern facilities and state-of-the-art imaging equipment, which offer a continuous 24/7 patient-centred service, 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.

Thomas Lowbridge, Group Manager & Lead Radiographer for Imaging said:

“It’s fantastic to see the new facilities open and our staff are really enjoying using the new equipment. As we progress our plans, it is great to see our patients and staff benefitting from the upgrade.  There is still some work to be done at each of our hospitals to complete the upgrade and there is lots of preparation to do as the design and enabling works have begun on the Ambulatory Care and Diagnostics (ACAD) centre at Heartlands. The £70m project is due for completion in 2020 and it will provide us with world-class facilities that really will see us pioneering the future of medical imaging.”

As part of the project, the team has also refreshed their website, providing a range of information for patients and staff wanting to know more about the service on offer. You can visit this at: http://imaging.heartofengland.nhs.uk/ you can also follow @HEFTradiology and keep an eye out for updates in future editions of News@.

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