Six cardiac suites to support care at Leeds trust

Royal Philips and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have reached a seven-year managed service agreement to help deliver the trusts’ vision of setting new standards of excellence for cardiac care.

“The cardiology team is very proud of the quality of cardiac care we are able to deliver for our patients,” said clinical director for cardiology Dr Chris Pepper. “We look forward to being able to provide state-ofthe-art cardiac imaging as part of an efficient and forward-looking cardiology service for Leeds and West Yorkshire.”

The agreement includes six fully featured interventional cardiac suites based on the Philips Azurion platform, including two specialised electrophysiology suites and a structural heart suite, as well as patient monitoring and ultrasound systems. The Azurion platform provides an intuitive approach for minimally invasive procedures.

Dr Pepper added: “We are now working through the backlog of patients and other challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to keep services running and have been supported through our partnership with Philips, including reorganising lab allocations and maintaining patient flow, which has been of substantial benefit. Our cath labs are an essential part of our operations, so when two of our systems recently needed urgent repair, we were happy that Philips was able to resolve the issues without impact on our daily workflow. Our state-of-the-art ultrasound systems have also helped us maintain efficiency after the first wave of COVID-19 patients and will help streamline and facilitate further recovery.”

Picture: The interventional cardiac suites at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are based on the Azurion platform.

Published on page 9 of the August 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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