Wye Valley works with Philips to reduce backlog

Wye Valley NHS Trust and Royal Philips have finished a £2 million radiology service redevelopment programme. By significantly increasing imaging capacity and working with Philips through a managed services partnership, the trust has been able to reduce its diagnostic backlog caused by pressures from COVID-19, while also resuming normal service.

In response to an increasing demand for imaging services, including a 50-60 per cent rise in CT, Wye Valley NHS Trust and the Philips managed services team created solutions for new patient pathways and flow, while also guiding on replacing outdated rooms with remodelled layouts.

Philips Compressed Sense software installed on an MRI replacement played a significant role in enabling the trust to reduce its backlog. It has been able to scan at least an additional four patients a day, increasing its total through-put of patients by 10-15 per cent. These outcomes were part of an 11-year managed service partnership that Philips agreed with the trust in 2018.

The redevelopment project was completed in stages to ensure continuity of service, with additional services being introduced, which included MRI and a dedicated interventional suite.

Picture: Implementation of new radiology equipment at Wye Valley NHS Trust has boosted patient throughput.

See the full report on page 9 of the November 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.

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