New MRI Scanning Unit in Walsall for InHealth

InHealth has opened a brand new MRI scanning unit at the InHealth MRI Centre, Manor Hospital, Walsall. The new unit features two new scanners which are part of a major healthcare investment of £36.2m. The Siemens Aera scanners provide exceptional image quality, are wide-bore systems (72cm) which are more agreeable for patients who suffer from claustrophobia than standard scanners, and are also suitable for all bariatric patients. InHealth has delivered MRI services to Walsall Healthcare Trust for a total of 17 years and has recently entered into a further 15 year contract with the Trust.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall opened the unit alongside Trust senior management and senior clinicians, and representatives from InHealth.

Graham Ogden, InHealth Director of Operations North, said: “We are proud of our longstanding and trusted partnership with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and are honoured to be able to continue this partnership for a further 15 years, working with the Trust to deliver an outstanding service, provide quicker access to diagnostic imaging and facilitate a broader clinical patient base.”

InHealth donates to Walsall Healthcare Trust Charity

InHealth Group has donated £500 to the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s charity Well Wishers, following the installation of  two new scanners at the InHealth MRI Centre, Manor Hospital, Walsall – part of a huge £36.2m investment.

Walsall Healthcare’s Fundraising Manager, Georgie Westley, said: “Our ED staff are really grateful for this donation as it will help them to buy new toys for the department for our young patients to amuse themselves while they wait.”

Mr Graham Ogden, InHealth Director of Operations North said: “We are delighted to present these funds to Well Wishers as a token of our gratitude for helping us set up our latest service and bearing with us through the building works.  As a partner of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust we are always happy to support where we can.”

 

4th InHealth Radiographer Reporting Study Evening

Within radiology, the introduction of radiographer reporting has developed into an integral component of most, if not all x-ray departments. It is a national treasure, an innovation founded by the NHS which is marvelled by radiographers across the globe.

In England, Radiographer Reporting has been supporting imaging departments for over 25 years. The aim of this study evening was to see how we can transform our practice to develop the best care for patients.

Our panel of imaging experts included CEO Richard Evans, Professor Maryann Hardy, Professor Bev Snaith and Professor Erika Denton.

The event was broadcast online to over 600 viewers. Click here to watch the broadcast.

 

Richard Evans – CEO, SCoR: Update on the SCoR/RCR Teamworking document

 

Professor Bev Snaith – Consultant Radiographer from Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Bradford: The importance of maintaining Reporting Standards

 

Professor Maryann Hardy – University of Bradford: The role of Education

 

Professor Erika Denton – Associate Medical Director, Honorary Professor of Radiology, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital: NHS Improvement Perspective on Imaging Optimisation and Productivity

Bowel Cancer Screening & Community Endoscopy Services

Dr Sergio Coda, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Specialist Gastrointestinal Endoscopist at InHealth, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has shared his views on bowel cancer screening in the UK and how Community-based Endoscopy Services can contribute significantly to the redesign and improvement of public health care.

Read Sergio’s article here.

 

InHealth Opens Additional Community Health Clinic in Bicester

InHealth has expanded its “direct to test” community endoscopy service in Oxfordshire with the opening of an additional state-of-the-art Community Health Clinic in Bicester.   The clinic opened on Monday 22nd October and houses a spacious consulting room, a procedure room equipped with high-end endoscopy equipment,  2 recovery rooms with beds and a rest area with reclining chairs for patient comfort and safety.

InHealth has been delivering community endoscopy services to the local population for over 5 years and are the first independent provider to deliver services under the new ” 2 week wait” cancer pathway from the new unit, helping Oxfordshire CCG to meet their objectives to improve local access, bring care closer to home, improve cancer outcomes, reduce delays in diagnostic pathways  and integrate care pathways between providers.  Working closely with primary care clinicians and commissioners we support the management of patients within the community, allowing secondary care services to spend more time concentrating on complex pathology and serious investigations.

The new location will also provide an Echocardiography and Ambulatory Rhythm Monitoring service.

2nd Endoscopy Procedure Room for Ealing Diagnostic Centre

A second Endoscopy Procedure Room was officially opened on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 by InHealth’s Director of Cardiology & Gastroenterology, Amelia Staniland, and the Head of Endoscopy Operations, Ben Peregrine, as part of the refurbishment of the Endoscopy Unit at the InHealth Diagnostic Centre in Ealing. This new procedure room is equipped with top of the range Endoscopic equipment and will not only help us to manage more referrals, but will also benefit local patients by reducing waiting times.

The refurbished Endoscopy Unit also includes a further Assessment Room and Recovery Room, facilitating patients’ comfort, privacy and dignity. The Recovery facility can now accommodate 4 patients with 2 beds and 2 new reclining chairs where sedated and non-sedated patients can recover at their own pace, making for a much more comfortable experience and a better clinical outcome.

The InHealth Diagnostic Centre in Ealing also offers other NHS services including MRI, X-Ray and DEXA, and delivers the NHS North London AAA Screening Programme to the local community.

 

 

 

Going Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

InHealth is proud to be the largest provider of breast cancer screening services in the UK and, this October, we’re ‘going pink’ on our digital channels to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.  One person is diagnosed every 10 minutes.  During this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month alone, around 5,000 people will be diagnosed.  1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and, whilst it is rare, men are not immune.

But, thanks to increased awareness and screening, breast cancer survival is improving, and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.  Almost 9 in 10 women now survive breast cancer for five years or more.  If breast cancer is detected early, treatment is more successful and there’s a greater chance of recovery.

As the likelihood of developing breast cancer increases with age, all women aged 50 to 70 and registered with a GP are invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years, as part of the National Breast Screening Programme.

But knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can also lead to earlier diagnosis, which can be crucial in providing more effective treatment and, ultimately, saving lives.  Yet a Breast Cancer care survey found that a third of women aren’t regularly checking their breasts, with a fifth saying it’s because they don’t know how.  Click here for advice on how to check your breasts.

For support and advice, call Breast Cancer Care’s free helpline on 0808 800 6000 or speak to your GP.

Second time win for InHealth’s Endoscopy Service

InHealth has been awarded the contract for the delivery of Community Gastroenterology Services (CGS) – Tier 3 of the 5 Year Integrated Gastroenterology Transformation (IGT), for the population of Ipswich and East Suffolk (IESCCG) and The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.   InHealth has provided endoscopy services to IESCCG since 2012 and successfully piloted the Prior Approval Service at its JAG accredited, custom built site in Ipswich.

The contract, commencing January 2019, will replace the existing community endoscopy service, incorporate the existing Gastro Prior Approval Service and  encompass the wider 5 Year Integrated Gastroenterology Transformation. InHealth will help bridge the gap between Primary and Acute care for patients with Gastro conditions.

As an integral partner delivering the 5 Year Integrated Gastroenterology Transformation, the contract will provide InHealth with the opportunity to help shape community gastroenterology in the area, in partnership with the Acute Hospital, over the next five years.

Smartphone Booking Proves A Hit With Patients

We all lead such busy lives these days that it’s become vital to be able to do things on the go.  Our smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives; whether it’s keeping in touch through social media, grabbing an Uber to get to that next meeting or arranging a grocery delivery on the commute home.  Hey, you can even call someone to say, ‘hi’, if you’re still a bit old-school.

So why is it still so difficult to book a medical appointment?  That’s what we thought, which is why we developed our Smartphone Booking portal.

Here’s how it works.  As soon as we receive a referral from a GP, a text message is sent to the patient from our systems. One click takes the patient to our portal, where they can choose a suitable appointment from a list of dates and locations.  Once chosen, the appointment is confirmed and added to the patient’s calendar, with an email generated with all the pre-appointment information the patients will need.  Two minutes, job done, back to the avocado salad!

Since launch earlier this summer, more than 10,000 patients have already used this 24/7 service to make their lives easier, and we’re so delighted with how popular it’s been that we’re expanding it and making it available to even more patients.  We’re determined to #makehealthcarebetter in every way we can.

InHealth Launches New Patient Experience Survey

At InHealth, we are extremely proud of our patient satisfaction record.  Understanding what we do well and what we can do better enables us to continuously improve and provide the very best patient experience.

We have partnered with Cemplicity to launch our new digital patient experience survey, offering our patients the opportunity to provide detailed online feedback on their clinical journey, like never before.  Building on the NHS Friends & Family Test, patients are able to give us more detail on how they felt, how they were treated and what is important to them.  The enhanced feedback we receive from patients gives our front-line teams the insight necessary to make positive change throughout the patient journey.

When booking an appointment, patients are invited to opt-in to receive the survey by email, which they can then complete from the comfort of their own home.

Another step toward our mission to #makehealthcarebetter