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:

InHealth donates endoscopy equipment to Cameroon hospital

InHealth is proud to have recently donated some Fujinon endoscopy equipment to a hospital in Cameroon, where one of our own endoscopists  has been delivering community endoscopy services to patients for 1-2 weeks every 2 months for the past 4 years.

The Fujinon equipment will replace the old equipment currently being used at the hospital, providing higher quality images which will help to improve the quality of care being delivered to the local population of Douala.  It will also be used to further train local gastroenterologists in the delivery of more therapeutic procedures which they are currently unable to carry out.  The equipment will be tested in the UK this month and will be shipped to Cameroon early in the new year. 


MRI Clinical Lead Darren Hudson co-authors a 3-year review of MRI safety incidents at InHealth

InHealth, the UK’s largest specialist provider of diagnostic and healthcare solutions, aims to make healthcare better by delivering high quality tests, scans, assessments and procedures. InHealths core values of trust, passion, care and fresh-thinking influences the healthcare providers actions and behaviour. The organisation delivers on promises, are passionate about helping patients, put patients first, and constantly strive for improvements to make healthcare better.

Darren Hudson, MRI Clinical Lead at InHealth, co-authored a recent review of MRI safety standards of InHealth alongside Professor Andrew P Jones, Christie NHS FT. The review was conducted over a 3-year period.

Following a systematic approach, Darren Hudson and Professor Jones used our internal incident reporting system to review data that was then categorised and analyzed for themes and trends. The main findings included the discovery that 7.5% of the total number of incident reports were associated with MRI safety-related events and 15.5% being MRI-related reports overall. A reporting rate of 0.05%, 1 per every 1987 patients treated, was discovered which concludes a low outcome. Referral of contraindicated devices and a failure in the screening process were the main causes of the incident reports. Advice and instructional materials have been developed to improve practice and limit the number of incidents. It was determined that categorisation of MRI-related safety events could allow organisation comparisons and provide insight into the state of MRI safety and open discussions around common MRI safety issues.

Darren Hudson, MRI Clinical Lead

“The most important aspect of working in MRI has to be safety, both for our patients and staff. Because of this it is important that we monitor incident reports for themes that may suggest failings in the processes, and then share the lessons learned to improve upon this. The review was a chance for us to look at our safety record during the 3 years I have been in post, and share some of the actions taken to help support safety in MRI across the organisation. We also hope that sharing what we have found across InHealth will also be of use to others and contribute in a small way to the literature base on MRI Safety.”

New state of the art mobile clinical scanning unit opens in Nottingham

A new state of the art mobile clinical scanning unit has opened in Nottingham in collaboration with the NHS. Between 30-40 per cent of the population in Aspley and Shelley are smokers – twice the national average of 18 per cent. The unit is in Asda supermarket car park in Strelley and is set to carry out hundreds of scans between now and February.

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. 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.”

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 the hospital when they are invited for a 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 was funded by Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

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 £3.2m. 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.