NHS PETCT South Service

The NHS PETCT Diagnostic Imaging Service is part of a national contract procured by the Department of Health to provide greater access to PETCT for patients in England.

We are committed to delivering outstanding patient care and clinical excellence, with patients being seen within seven days of the referral and reports following two days later. The service has been designed to meet the needs of 11 cancer networks and integrate fully with local clinical pathways and protocols. The service uses mobile units containing Siemens Biograph TruePoint PETCT scanners.

The service is provided from the following locations: Basildon, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Canterbury, Colchester, Leicester, Maidstone, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Poole, Sawbridgeworth, Southampton and Taunton. Full details of our locations can be found further down the page.

If your patients want information about their PETCT scan including audio guides, please visit the PETCT scan information page

Contact details:

Referring clinicians/reporters: 0845 250 0797

Patients: 0845 600 2953

NHS PETCT South Interior   NHS PETCT South Control Room   NHS PETCT South Exterior

How the service works

Business Days Action
2 To contact the patient following deemed receipt of referral.
5 From deemed receipt of referral to appointment being made.
2 For delivery of report and images to referrer from scan taking place.

Once you have seen your patient and consider a PETCT scan appropriate, you will need to complete our referral form and then forward it to your local ARSAC (Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee) certificate holder. They will complete the referral by authorising the form and sending it directly to our Patient Referral Centre. We will deliver a report of the PETCT scan to the referring clinician within 48 business hours of the investigation.

For all the forms and information you need to refer today, go to Referring Your Patient.

Reporting on the Scans

Our reporting partners provide a full reporting service, including a monthly 10% independent audit. We employ only fully accredited UK based NHS Radiologists who have all reported on at least 300 PETCT scans in the previous 12 months. All reporters are NHS employees. From scan to report will only take two business days.

Images are transferred, together with clinical information, and the scans reported and reports returned electronically. The latest techniques for data security are used ensuring a confidential and secure service.

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