Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is to deploy Sectra’s enterprise imaging solution in a bid to improve patient care. Following a contract signing in September, the trust will now share a common PACS with five other trusts in the region. This includes Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
The move will connect radiologists and other healthcare professionals with seamless access to x-rays, CT and MR scans, ultrasound and other imaging that has been captured for patients at hospitals across Surrey and Sussex.
Additional resilience provided by the PACS is expected to bring patient safety benefits, with important imaging available for acute and emergency patients. Networked PACS-based reporting of imaging creates the potential for shared review and reporting by specialists located in different hospitals.
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust chief of cancer and diagnostics Dr Tony Newman-Sanders said: “This is an important step in the strategic future of our diagnostic services that will equip our professionals with 21st century technology that is fit for the future. It will allow us to align with fellow providers in Surrey and Sussex and provide the means to develop imaging services that are better able to meet the needs of our patients.”
Sectra UK and Ireland managing director Jane Rendall added: “Sharing a common connected imaging system opens the potential for regional workforce transformation in radiology, in ways that can improve equity and access for patients to important diagnostic expertise.”
Picture: Healthcare professionals will have seamless access to medical imaging through Sectra’s solution.
Published on page 5 of the December 2023 issue of RAD Magazine.