Peterborough City chooses ‘superior’ x-ray system under MES

Peterborough City Hospital has received new radiology equipment installed by Althea as part of the hospital’s ongoing managed equipment service (MES) contract.

The first replacement was an interventional suite in December 2018, which included the installation of a Philips UKI AlluraClarity FD20. This involved the clinical team revising the layout of the x-ray room to allow a better workflow. The lighting was also upgraded to LED within the main theatre to provide better light for all users, a change that has impacted positively on clinicians’ day-to-day working environments. Throughout the installation Althea and the trust worked together to keep clinical downtime to a minimum and limit any disruption during the build phase of the project.

The interventional suite is used to carry out angiograms, stenting, embolisations, IVF filter insertions and nephrograms. It is currently on a seven-year life cycle replacement scheme within the MES contract.

Neil Meadows of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust said: “This new FD20 machine is far superior to our previous machine, with very positive feedback from the radiologists and clinicians. We have also seen a reduction in dose that the patient receives, which is very positive.”

The second installation, which was completed in March, was a wide bore radiotherapy CT to plan treatment for cancer patients. It was vital this project ran to schedule to avoid delays and the radiotherapy department worked in conjunction with the diagnostic team in radiology to share the diagnostic CT throughout the installation.

As a vendor-independent managed service and maintenance provider for the acute healthcare sector, Althea delivers MES to UK and Ireland hospitals.

Picture: The Canon wide bore CT scanner was installed at Peterborough City Hospital in March.

Published on page 6 of the June 2019 issue of RAD Magazine.

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