InHealth celebrates 20 years at St Peter’s Cath Lab, Surrey

April 1st saw the 20th anniversary of the InHealth Cardiac Cath lab service at St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey which was duly celebrated by staff and patients.    Congratulations to all the team past and current who have helped to bring this service from a ground-breaking first joint partnership Cardiac Cath Lab service  providing coronary angioplasty and simple pacing procedures, to the expansive facility we have today – an all-inclusive, purpose built catheterisation suite encompassing a 10 bedded day ward, two fully equipped  cath labs with direct 24/7 ambulance access for heart attack patients. Over the 20 years, advances in procedure techniques and equipment have enabled the unit to undertake a full range of procedures including complex device implantation, treatment for cardiac rhythm disorders using ablation and cryotherapy (freezing) catheters, and treatment for chronic coronary artery occlusion. In addition, the unit has managed the full patient pathway from referral and waiting list through to pre-assessment and caring for the patient on the day of their procedure.  Jackie Churchman, Clinical Lead, Interventional Cardiology, was there at the very beginning of the service from the planning stages right through to implementation, working alongside Dr David Fluck, Medical Director and Executive Lead for R&D Ashford  & St Peter’s Foundation Trust, and Dr Peter Wilkinson, Cardiologist,  Ashford & St Peter’s Foundation Trust (whose vision it was with Professor Michael Joy OBE, then Cardiologist at St Peter’s Hospital, to bring interventional cardiology to the local community).

Dr Fluck refers to Jackie’s appointment as “brilliant” and said: “I remember being interviewed on one of the local radio stations about the development – I was excited and proud of what we had achieved but the questioning centred around the involvement of a private company in NHS activity – fortunately the music has changed and now everyone recognises that we need to collaborate and use the skills that people and companies have, to deliver great care to our communities. The relationship has now been over 20 years and what has been so fantastic is that the angiography suite staff and the cardiac ward and department have always operated as one team. Over the years we have grown and developed the service and made sure that the infrastructure is modern and efficient to enable the staff to deliver great care. It has been a pleasure to work together for the last 20 years and I am sure that the collaboration and care will continue for more than 20 years to come.”

New MRI scanners for Kingston Hospital

On Saturday 6th April, two new Siemens MRI scanners were delivered to Kingston Hospital, where InHealth will be expanding the imaging service as part of our long-term contract that was awarded in 2017. Made up of three floors, InHealth’s brand new unit provides Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust with high quality facilities to deliver services to more than 14,000 patients each year. The two new scanners – a 3T Skyra and a 1.5T Aera – are located on the ground floor and took up their new, permanent residence this weekend.

This project has seen three phases since December 2017 – the first involved refurbishing the Trust’s Bernard Meade Wing to allow temporary relocation of the Trauma and Orthopaedics department, and the second to refurbish the Trauma and Orthopaedics department which the Trust moved back in to in October 2018.

This third phase focusses on improving facilities at Kingston Hospital, where InHealth has been providing services since 2009, and the final stage will be to replace the existing MRI scanner and refurbish the unit. We are delighted that these state-of-the-art scanners will continue to support the Trust to provide diagnostic imaging and look forward to seeing them welcome their first patients at the end of May 2019.

Mammography Associate Apprenticeship Programme welcomes new Education Manager

We are delighted to welcome Amy Symons who has joined our breast screening team at the Jarvis Breast Centre as Education Manager. The Centre’s Education & Training Department offers Postgraduate Education and Training to clinical staff of all grades working within the specialist field of Breast Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment, and offers 3 programmes of study in collaboration with the Joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education – Kingston University and St George’s University of London.

Amy, previously Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography at Kingston and St George’s University, will provide valuable support to the new Mammography Associate Apprenticeship Programme at the Centre, which has been developed to support the delivery of the NHS Breast Screening Programme in England and address the shortage of healthcare specialists in the field of radiology, including mammography. This new higher apprenticeship will be available for mammography associates who work within a multi-disciplinary team as part of breast screening programmes, helping to meet the skills gap and providing enhanced career progression. The qualification will be delivered over a 12 to 18-month period using a flexible delivery approach.

Learn more about the Jarvis Centre’s Education & Training Programmes here

Lego Open MRI aims to reduce anxiety

Can an MRI scanner built in Lego reduce anxiety in first time, young, anxious and plus-size patients?

According to Apollo Exconde, Senior Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Radiographer it can. Apollo has created and designed an open MRI Lego piece to represent to patients the process of an MRI scan. Apollo has witnessed many nervous patients and came up with the concept to help first time, young, anxious and plus-size patients understand the different stages of what happens during an MRI scan. The Lego pieces have been designed with a wide, open view to give patients an idea of what the scanner looks like from inside and how much of their body will be positioned inside the scanner.

What is the aim of the Lego open MRI?

“My initial aim was to use the Lego open MRI when a patient arrives in our unit to demonstrate how the positioning will be, how far their head will enter and give the patient a positive impression of the machine. However, I soon realised that it would be healthier to show patients the Lego figure that it be available at the earliest possible stage so that the length of time rationalising will be minimised as whatever might be disturbing them shall be addressed at that level. This may include using the future in the clinic, point of referrer or on hospital wards.
What inspired you to create it?

“The InHealth Croydon MRI unit has three MRI machines, one of which is an open MRI scanner. I have dealt with claustrophobic, plus sized, first timers, anxious and children daily and have witnessed them not completing their scan which is a heart-breaking moment and has always left me emotionally disturbed for every cancellation. Some patients say, “Apollo bring me out!”, “Take me out!” or “I was not informed!”. From these statements, I felt a strong need to do something and make a change.

I was mentally challenged. If a patient has been referred to us to have an open MRI, it was because they have not managed to go through a conventional MRI and if they fail to do this again, this can be potentially detrimental as it will delay their clinical treatment.

I realised that it was not claustrophobia or anxiety that hinders them from having the procedure but the lack of a patient support system. Over the years, I tried developing my skills by attending courses and have researched various techniques, which unfortunately are either too expensive or impossible for a clinical set up. I have also learnt to assess patients scans and their level of fear and this inspired me to create a solution to help my patients conquer their panic whilst undergoing an MRI scan. In addition to the holistic approach, the idea of a Lego open MRI was born – to build confidence one Lego brick at a time.”

How will the Lego open MRI become a reality?

“The Lego open MRI will only become official after reaching 10,000 supporters and has passed the Lego review. I have been given one year to secure 1000 supporters and a further 6 months will be given to reach 5000 and a boost of 6 months for the 10,000 supporters.

I hope that the world will help me help those who cannot. Let’s beat scanxiety (scan anxiety), claustrophobia and build confidence one brick at a time!”

Please help Apollo to make the Lego open MRI scanner piece a reality by registering your email or social media account here.
Remember – every support we get builds one brick at a time.

5th InHealth Radiographer Reporting Study Evening

Diagnostic & Therapeutic Radiography: How do we bulletproof the profession?

The Health sector has undoubtedly faced some of its greatest challenges in 2018, this has not least been felt across radiology and in July 2018, the Secretary of State for Health laid out his 3 key priorities for Health & Social care… The Workforce, Technology & Prevention. These priorities combined are intrinsically linked to Diagnostic & Therapeutic radiography, arguably more so than in any other healthcare profession, so we have an obligation to ensure we are prepared for the challenges which await us. Undoubtedly challenge will bring change, but with change, comes opportunity and we must be ready to embrace these changes if we are to take the opportunities when they present themselves.

Our Annual South Region Study Evening asked the question; “How do we Bulletproof the profession?”. Our aim was to highlight the key priorities and how they relate to Diagnostic & Therapeutic radiography, all together, at one event. Our panel of experts and agenda included:

Charlotte Beardmore, Director of Professional Policy

Sue Webb, President of the Society & College of Radiographers – A welcome note from the President

Kevin Tucker, National Officer for Wales, SCoR – Artificial Intelligence and Radiographer Reporting: Why it is important for radiographers to be “At the discussion table”

Dawn McDonald, Consultant Breast Practitioner – “Being validated by the GMC”: A radiographer’s experience

Sheila Hassan, Project Radiographer – Intracranial Stereotactihttps://app.coschedule.com/#/calendar/219658/schedule?viewId=1817394c Radiotherapy – When Diagnostic meets Therapeutic Radiography: Strength in Numbers

Prof. Alison Leary, Professor of Healthcare Modelling – Why “Workforce Modelling” is key to delivering the Imaging & Cancer services of the future

View the full presentation here.

 

 

 

InHealth announces acquisition of UpRightMRI

InHealth, the UK’s largest specialist provider of diagnostic solutions to the NHS and independent sector, has acquired UpRightMRI to expand its range of services. UpRightMRI is a long-established provider of upright and open MRI scans. It is the largest provider of these types of scanners in the UK operating from three sites in London, Birmingham and Leeds. Opening in 2006, UpRightMRI have been offering successful scanning services across the UK by helping anxious and claustrophobic patients overcome their fears when undertaking a scan and the team of 21 scan around 5,000 patients each year.

Geoff Searle, Managing Director – Integrated Services at InHealth said “This is an exciting opportunity for InHealth to expand our Radiology offering and complement our existing MRI services. Offering a wide range of scans that suit our patients needs is at the heart of what we do, and this investment provides InHealth with a real opportunity to continue to strengthen and multiply our presence in the field of diagnostics.”

Service celebrates 10 year birthday

North West NHS Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NWCATS) was formerly Greater Manchester NHS Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service and was initially commissioned by all the Greater Manchester Primary Care Trusts at that time. The service was unique and the first of its kind, providing assessment, diagnostics and treatment in mobile clinical units which travelled to various locations across Greater Manchester, some of which we continue to visit today.

The service was designed to provide rapid access to community-based services, which were convenient and accessible to the local community. The service supported and reduced the demand at the local hospitals by providing primary care assessment and treatment without the need for patients to attend the hospital when hospital treatment was not required.

The service has evolved overtime and contracts changed to meet the demand and changes with the local healthcare economy. NWCATS now provides MSK, physio, ENT and gastroenterology services, as well as mobile clinical units in car parks, GP practices, leisure centres and hospices.

NWCATS was acquired by InHealth in January 2017 and since this time, we have set up the service at new locations including Hodgson Street Car Park, Trinity House Macclesfield, University Stadium Macron and Conran Medical Practice. During this time, we have received over 580,000 referrals and 140,000 appointments, including MSK, ENT, Physiotherapy, Endoscopy and Diagnostic scans.

Here are some comments from the staff who have been with NWCATS throughout the last 10 years…

“When we first started we were fighting over arriving patients as we may only have had 10 a day if lucky. Now we are sometimes looking at 200 + a day so just shows how the service has grown”. Marcia,  Administrator

“I remember my first day with the service like it was yesterday, I initially started with the Service as Lead Gynaecology Nurse and remember being extremely anxious about leaving the NHS and starting to work for the Independent Sector and whether I had done the right thing and if the contract would last. I cannot believe I have now been working here for 10 years as it has passed so quickly. I am really proud that throughout the 10 years within the service and irrespective of the service structure, for those working within NWCATS, at the core centre of everything that we do, is ‘doing the right thing for the patient’.” Janet, Lead Cancer Nurse & Triage Team Manager

“Throughout the 10 years the service has continued to evolve to adapt to the needs of the patients and local community…it’s been fun with the occasional games!” Joanne, ENT Specialist Nurse

InHealth strengthens long-term imaging partnership with Canon Medical Systems

Four Aquilion Prime SP CT systems selected to deliver improved outcomes to patients

InHealth, the UK’s largest specialist provider of diagnostic and healthcare solutions to the NHS and independent sector, has selected Canon Medical Systems UK to replace and expand its range of CT scanners. Four Aquilion Prime SP CT Systems have been ordered to support InHealth’s high-quality service provision to over 2 million patients per year, and underpin the clinical and operational needs of its radiographers and reporting radiologists.

The new orders are the latest in a decade long CT partnership between the two companies. The four new CT scanners will all operate within InHealth’s mobile fleet as part of its aim to meet the growing needs of general and specialist CT imaging as a frontline healthcare treatment planning and review tool.

“This deal represents a significant investment in renewing and increasing our portfolio of scanners to allow us to continue to meet the growing demand from the healthcare sector, and help deliver better outcomes for our patients. We are excited to be working with Canon Medical Systems and continue to strengthen and expand our presence in the field of diagnostics,” states Geoff Searle, Managing Director – Integrated Services at InHealth.

Alistair Howseman, Sales Director at Canon Medical Systems UK states, “Our strong and long partnership with InHealth is testimony to Canon Medical Systems’ record of providing imaging equipment that is not only best in class for clinical and operational needs, but also to it giving a sound financial return on investment. We are delighted to receive the new order and look forward to providing a smooth installation of the equipment as well as training and meeting ongoing service needs.”

The Aquilion Prime SP CT powers productivity within imaging departments by speeding up and simplifying complex or routine procedures and automating patient positioning. It has been designed to help save time and increase patient throughput, as well as deliver exceptionally low radiation doses and assure clinical confidence in the resulting scans.

Another Published Author for InHealth

Congratulations to yet another of our colleagues  – Sergio Coda (Consultant Endoscopist, Clinical Lead & Deputy Medical Director) who has become a published author.  Sergio co-authored a paper with the Portsmouth Endoscopy group on distal attachments and adenoma detection rates in colonoscopy which has been published on Taylor and Francis online!

Read the article here.

Lung scanner at the supermarket

NHS rolls out mobile screening unit in Nottingham to help detect early signs of disease

A state of the art mobile clinical scanning unit that can help detect signs of lung disease, is the latest tool to improve the health of people living in Nottingham.

The mobile CT scanner managed by InHealth Ltd, in collaboration with the NHS, arrived at the car par park of ASDA supermarket in Strelley in December and is expected to carry out hundreds of scans on local patients between now and February.

Patients registered with nine GP practices in Aspley and parts of Strelley were invited for a scan after an initial ‘Lung Health MOT’ check by respiratory nurses from the local community healthcare provider, Citycare.

The consultation is offered to people aged between 60 and 75 with a history of smoking.

In Aspley and Strelley between 30 and 40 per cent of the population are smokers – about twice the national average of 18 per cent. The number of people in Nottingham surviving lung cancer one-year after diagnosis is also below the England average.

Over 130 people have already had a Lung Health MOT at their local GP but many people have not responded to the invite.

Now local cancer specialists are urging people to book in at the GP for peace of mind or even potentially life-saving treatment.

Dr Safiy Karim – CCG Cancer Lead for Nottingham City, said: “Smoking is the number one cause of lung disease and the best health advice for any smoker is to give up as soon as possible. But people with a history of smoking are also more at risk of developing many forms of lung disease that can be treated more easily if caught early.”

Mobile cancer scanners have helped to boost early detection rates of lung cancer in a handful of places across the country, with Bulwell the first Nottingham location to host one of the scanning units in 2017.

Nearly two thirds (62%) of people who attended a CT scan last year were referred for further care. This was for a number of reasons including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), high blood pressure and asthma.

Health chiefs believe that locating the scanners near supermarkets makes them more convenient and lessens the dread for patients.

Dr Karim added: “It’s easy to ignore your health while you feel well but many illnesses do not show symptoms until they are more advanced. We also know that people are sometimes reluctant to visit hospital when they are invited for scan.

“That’s why we are inviting people for an initial health check and can offer an accurate test in the local community.”

The scanning unit and Lung Health MOT checks were funded by Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Paula Chadwick, Chief Executive, said: “By placing a CT scanner in the heart of the community, more people will be able to attend their appointment. They do not have to worry about travel, particularly if they are in ill-health, or about the cost of getting there.”

The MOT clinics are being held at the following surgeries

  • Melbourne Park Medical Centre
  • Aspley Medical Centre
  • Lime Tree Surgery
  • Strelley Health Centre
  • RHR Medical Centre
  • Beechdale Surgery
  • Bilborough Surgery
  • Boulevard Medical Centre
  • Grange Farm Medical Centre

Take a look at the recent BBC coverage here: