Europe’s first mobile Biograph™ PET/CT Scanner

InHealth provided The Royal Marsden in Chelsea with an interim mobile PET/CT solution while the hospital upgraded its own scanner in June. A longstanding partner to the NHS, providing services from over 350 locations to over 2 million patients each year, InHealth has over 17 years’ experience delivering PET/CT solutions.

The partnership with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust utilised the latest Siemens technology in PET/CT scanning; the first of its kind on a Mobile anywhere in Europe.

The new state-of-the-art trailer has been specifically designed and built by Lamboo to accommodate a Siemens Biograph mCT Flow scanner, three patient uptake bays along with an on-board hot-lab and control room for use by up to three radiographers.

The scanner uses FlowMotion™ technology which combines Siemens Healthineers standard-setting PET/CT with a unique system design to enable the continuous motion of the patient table, which returns increased image quality, greater patient comfort, and shorter scanning times. Clinicians have the option to combine standardised protocols and personalised scans in a single exam and have access to the 128 slice CT component. Increased reproducibility and higher image quality improve lesion detectability while reducing unnecessary exposure to radiation. Patients meanwhile benefit from greater comfort during their scan and a shorter examination time.

Professor Wim Oyen, Consultant in Nuclear Medicine, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: “We wanted to ensure that our PET/CT service continued without disruption while our own scanner was being upgraded. The InHealth team worked seamlessly with my team at The Royal Marsden and provided our patients and my team with a highly efficient service, delivered from the most comfortable environment imaginable on a mobile. The images were of the highest quality and the scanner speed meant that we could easily scan up to 15 patients per day without even approaching the scanner’s maximum capacity.”

Mark Gleeson, PET/CT Business Director, InHealth said: “PET/CT is one of the ‘go-to’ diagnostic imaging methods relied on by patients and Consultants of The Royal Marsden, and the team there perform a high number of scans each day. I am delighted that the InHealth mobile clinical team rose to this challenge and the investment that we have made to have the latest state-of-the-art scanner in our mobile PET/CT fleet, has meant that we are able to scan more patients, with an average scan time of only twelve minutes, without any compromise on quality, in the best possible mobile environment, than we have ever been able to before.”

InHealth counts down to UKRCO 2018

UKRCO takes place in just over a week’s time and we at InHealth are looking forward to being a part of this year’s event.

A leading specialist provider of diagnostic and healthcare solutions across the UK, with over 25 years’ experience, our mission is to make healthcare better.  We do this by working with hospitals and commissioners across the NHS and independent sector and our flexible, dynamic approach is helping to meet some of health’s most pressing challenges – reducing waiting times, speeding up diagnoses, saving money and improving the overall patient experience. We work across prevention, diagnosis and pathways and interventions, providing tests, scans and examinations for more than 2 million patients a year across the UK.

Come and visit us on Stand 20 at UKRCO, 2-4 July, ACC Liverpool.

Supporting fundraising for Breast Cancer Care

InHealth is proud to support Dr Gordon Ellul, Consultant in Nuclear Medicine at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, and ARSAC certificate holder for the InHealth PET CT service at St George’s Hospital, London, in his fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer Care.

Dr Ellul will be cycling 100 miles from London to Surrey on 29th July, as part of the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling (https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk ) to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.  Breast Cancer Care offers care, support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer, including family members, partners, or friends of those suffering with the disease.

InHealth has over 14 years’ experience in the delivery of the NHS National Breast Screening Programme which offers routine breast screening to all women between the ages of 50 and 70 every 3 years, and we currently deliver the programme in North & East Devon, Outer North East London, and Surrey & North East Hampshire from mobile and static units.

One person is diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes in the UK* and we would like to wish Dr Ellul every success in his mission to help those affected by it.  To read Dr Ellul’s blog or to send him a message of support please go to  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gordon-ellul  or for more more information on Breast Cancer Care visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk

* www.breastcancercare.org.uk

InHealth Cardiac & SECAmb Educational Afternoon

Staff at the InHealth Cardiac Unit at St Peter’s Hospital took part in a Cardiac Simulation teaching event to incorporate as part of their Continued Professional Development, with support from the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust on Friday 20th April.

The session, which included staff from across multiple disciplines and organisations was led by Brittany Adamson, Lead Cardiac Nurse for InHealth and, Mark Wheeler, South East Coast Ambulance Clinical Simulation Technician. It provided an opportunity for the already highly skilled Cardiac Nurses, Radiographers, Physiologists, HCAs and Ambulance Technicians to put into practice and enhance their life saving skills during 3 different scenarios with the use of a life-like CPR dummy with the ability to simulate breath, pulse rhythm and speech, to mimic real-life situations. Teams had the opportunity to administer lifesaving care in an ambulance, on the Cardiac Unit Day Ward and in the Laboratory, highlighting how different environments, effective team work and skilled team leadership can provide a positive outcome for the patient.

We are proud that our cardiac team worked so effectively under pressure within each environment, and we would like to thank SECAmb for their skills, expertise and feedback in helping us to provide the best care and outcome possible for our patients.

GDPR – Sharing Best Practice Educational Seminar

The General Data Protection Regulation, which replaces the Data Protection Act will become mandatory on 25th May 2018.  InHealth is carrying out an on-going process review to ensure that we achieve and future proof our compliance with the new regulation, and on Thursday 19th April at the InHealth Community Health Clinic in Romford, we held an extremely successful and interactive GDPR educational seminar led by our Data Protection Officer and Caldicott Guardian Malcolm McNinch.   The session was aimed at helping Practice Managers make sense of the new regulation, to share best practice and help them to identify the key things they need to know about the information held or processed by their Practice.  Over 40 Practice Managers attended the event with extremely positive feedback.

“Thank you for an excellent opportunity yesterday, not only enjoyed the training but learnt so much.  The session was outstanding, one of the best I have attended for a while.”

Our next GDPR session will be held in the Windrush Health Centre in Witney on 3rd May.  Visit Eventbrite to register.

 

 

Supporting Experience of Care Week 23rd – 27th April

This year our Interventional Cardiac Services teams are participating in the Experiences of Care Week organised by NHS England and NHS Improvement – an international week of celebration offering healthcare organisations the chance to celebrate the work taking place across health and social care to keep improving experiences of care for patients, families, carers and staff.

As part of this initiative we have worked closely with the Patient Experience Network (PEN) who recently visited our Cardiac Unit at St Peter’s Hospital to observe and talk with patients about their experience of admission, procedure and discharge.

During the Experience of Care week we will be undertaking surveys of patients and staff on “What Matters to you” when receiving or delivering care so we can better understand our patient and staff expectations.

A “15 Steps Challenge” will also be undertaken at one of our static cath labs so we can see care through the eyes of a patient/carer, exploring their first impressions in areas of unit appearance, sounds, smells etc, using a “walkaround”. This will provide us with improvement actions at a ward/service and organisational level.

Supporting National Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

InHealth supports the National Bowel Screening Programme and National Bowel Cancer Awareness month and has been providing NHS endoscopy services in community gastroenterology clinics for over 10 years.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives which is why Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer are using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on bowel cancer symptoms. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo

A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit

Unexplained weight loss

Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason

A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP who may refer you.

For more information visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk or beatingbowelcancer.org

 

“Echo for Primary Care” GP Education Seminars

InHealth and the LLR Provider Company are delighted to be hosting 2 echo referral education seminars  on “Echo for Primary Care” taking place on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 26th April, at College Court Conference Centre in Leicester, from 18:30 – 21:00.  The evenings will be led by 2 prominent Consultant Cardiologists – Dr Rajan Sharma BSc (Hons) MD FRCP (UK) FESC,  Consultant Cardiologist and Head of Clinical Services at St George’s Hospital, and InHealth Echotech Clinical Lead;  and Dr Nesa Shanmugam BSc (Hons) MBBS, MRCP, MdD (Red), PEGCertMedEd,  Consultant Cardiologist as St George’s Hospital.  The sessions promise to be engaging and are designed to support decision making in the management of patients with heart failire, atrial fibrillation, left ventricular hypertrophy and cardiac murmurs.  Using case studies the agenda will cover:

– What symptoms do and do not need an echo

– Which cases are best seen and managed in the community

– When should patients be sent to UHL

To reserve your place please email us at info.llrpcl@nhs.net

 

 

 

Adult Hearing Services in Greater Manchester

A longstanding provider of AQP adult hearing services, committed to providing people with hearing problems with high quality, efficient NHS hearing assessments and hearing aids delivered in community settings, InHealth has now increased access to these services to the local populations of Greater Manchester. GPs can refer directly to one of our new community audiology clinics in Altrincham, Bolton, Bury, Glossop, Heywood, Manchester and Oldham.

Patients will receive an appointment within 3 days* of referral meaning a fast, responsive and efficient diagnosis and for most patients, hearing aids are fitted on the same day as test. Patients will also receive an individual management plan which includes hearing aid adjustment, repair and re-fitting for up to 3 years after fitting.  The service will also deliver the “speech-in-noise” test as standard.

The impact of hearing loss can be great at both a personal and a societal level and could lead to social isolation, depression, loss of independence and even employment changes, so we are extremely proud to be able to deliver this valuable service which will make a difference to the lives of many across the local population.

*Subject to availability

Elective RTT below 4 weeks at St Peter’s Hospital

In conjunction with St Peter’s Cardiology Department and through efficient administration practices and careful planning, the InHealth Cardiac Unit at St Peter’s Hospital where InHealth has been a long standing trusted clinical provider of Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Device procedures since 1999, currently holds some of the shortest Referral to Treatment (RTT) wait times in the South-East region of England.

The InHealth Cardiac Unit is a self-contained two Cardiac Catheterisation Labs, 10-bedded Day Ward facility which opened in October 2013. Typical time scales from receipt of GP referral letter to pre-assessment appointment is 7 to 10 days, and from pre-assessment clinic to diagnostic procedure is 2-3 weeks. The Service operates from Monday to Friday and treats patients predominantly from the North-West Surrey Locality. As the unit is located adjacent to the Coronary Care Unit (BACU), non-elective in-patients clinically fit and awaiting an urgent procedure are treated within 24hours. In addition, patients from Epsom General Hospital awaiting an urgent appointment are treated on a ‘Treat and Return’ pathway, enabling patients on CCU at Epsom, to be discharged in a timely manner. The Service also provides a 24 hour, 365 day, primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (pPCI) service in collaboration with South East Coast Ambulance (SECAmb) and London Ambulance Services (LAS) treating patients who have had a heart attack in the community.

For more information contact Tom Brighton (Service Manager) on 01932 72266, or email tom.brighton@inhealthgroup.com.