Southend University Hospital turns least efficient room into radiographer’s favourite

Fujifilm senior account manager Iain Sims, senior radiographers Byron Mapi-ot and Blessing Muchemeyi, plain film reporting superintendent radiographer Lee Shoesmith, radiographer Kuda Mazendame, senior radiographer Elida Barcelos, acting x-ray superintendent radiographer Elaine Ryan and radiographer Chiara Miselli.

Southend University Hospital has transformed an analogue room, which was previously its radiographers’ least favourite, into their outpatient room of choice.

The need to install an additional MRI scanner meant the radiology department needed to temporarily reduce the number of x-ray rooms from four to three, meaning the trust had to find an interim solution to reduce the impact on patients.  By installing a Fujifilm room Retrofit and an FDR Go mobile, both staff and patients are benefiting and the department has seen improvements to service and efficiency.

Acting x-ray superintendent radiographer Elaine Ryan said: “This was our only CR room and, as such, not as popular with staff as our digital rooms.  It was also restricted in the range of examinations that could be performed.  However, because of the improved image quality this technology brings we are now able to perform every type of plain film procedure in this room.  This has helped us to improve workflow significantly and enabled us to provide a walk-in chest x-ray service, which we would previously have struggled to accommodate.”

See the full report on page 3 of the December 2018 issue of RAD Magazine.

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