Managed service and maintenance provider Althea has completed a £4 million refurbishment and replacement project at Whittington Health NHS Trust’s imaging department.
New diagnostic imaging equipment, which was updated and installed over a two-year period, includes 14 ultrasound systems, a CT scanner, a fluoroscopy system, five digital x-ray rooms, two mobile x-ray machines, a digital dental x-ray and a mammography unit.
Being vendor independent, Althea was able to source the equipment from a variety of manufacturers including GE Healthcare, Canon Medical Systems, Samsung, Siemens Healthineers, Hologic and Planmeca, choosing each item specifically based on clinicians’ and patients’ needs.
The nuclear medicine department is equipped with a state-of-the-art SPECT/CT scanner. This hybrid scanner allows detection of the organ’s functional information using the SPECT camera and precise localisation of relevant areas using the CT scanner.
Althea’s specialist team is now ensuring ongoing maintenance and training programmes are closely managed, minimising equipment downtime.
Clinical director for acute patient access, clinical support services and women’s health Helen Taylor said: “Everything we do here at Whittington Health is driven by our ambition to provide our patients with safe, compassionate and innovative care. The refurbishment of our imaging department together with all of the new and more advanced technology that Althea has installed is a key example of how we are delivering this vision.”
The radiology department was formally unveiled at an open evening in September. Invited guests included GPs from Haringey and Islington boroughs, radiology undergraduates, the hospital’s executive team, staff and imaging suppliers.
Lead picture: Whittington Health ceo Siobhan Harrington, imaging services manager Cheryl Hill and operational manager for imaging Adrian Trinidade cut the ribbon on the imaging suite.
Published page 2 of the November 2019 issue of RAD Magazine.