From left are Leyburn’s Stephen Brown, Philips applications specialist Andrea Richardson, Friends of Friarage volunteer Avril Douglas, chairman Steve Lamb and secretary Denise Passman, chair of Hambleton and Richmondshire Commissioning Group Graham Dickinson, GP partner Stephen Wild, Friarage clinical ultrasound lead Louise Graydon and clinical support worker Kathryn Hill.
A new ultrasound service has been set up through an innovative partnership between a GP surgery and the local hospital. A weekly service for routine non-urgent ultrasound scans is being provided for patients at Leyburn Medical Practice by staff from the Friarage Hospital at Northallerton.
Patients referred from GP practices in Richmondshire can now choose to have their scans at the purpose-built facility, which, being closer to home, is more convenient.
Stephen Brown, managing partner from Leyburn Medical Practice, said: “We are very grateful for the legacy that have enabled us make this new service a reality.
“By integrating the service between Leyburn and the Friarage Hospital, we benefit from consultant and specialist expertise at the hospital and the shared technology means scans are reported promptly, giving patients and their GPs faster access to the results.
“The service will also allow local doctors to investigate diseases themselves, which may avoid the need for patients to be referred on to the hospital for investigation.”
See the full report on page 30 of the May 2010 issue of RAD Magazine.