The Princess Alexandra NHS Trust Hospital (PAHT) was ranked among the top six trusts across the country in a review of the radiology reporting standards in NHS organizations published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Radiology reports are critical for diagnosis in medical interventions, and timely reporting is crucial and requires radiologists to analyze and interpret medical images. The PAHT radiology department processes 20,000 radiology images per month and is at the forefront of adopting a new Agfa Healthcare system being implemented at the NHS.
New standards were published last year by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) after the CQC identified a lack of national standards in reporting radiological patient exams. The RCR responded by developing a reporting structure. A number of standards have been adopted, including that the report should lead to appropriate care and that the language used should not be ambiguous. The result is speeding up the diagnosis and treatment.
The CQC has since published report numbers for trusts. The NHS Trust was placed second in the country for the proportion of patient images reported within the 24-hour goal for inpatient services and sixth for the proportion of emergency department images reported within the four-hour target.
PAHT radiology teams worked hard as part of a cohort of early adopters of the software, which was implemented last year.
Dr. Sri Redla, consultant radiologist and associate medical director of cancer, cardiology and clinical support services of the entity said:
Before we implemented the system, we would undoubtedly have been classified in the 1920s for ED and inpatient adolescence.
The fact that we are now one of the leading ED and inpatient reporting organizations in the country is undoubtedly directly proportional to the efficiencies that Agfa Enterprise's imaging system is bringing along with our excellent and proactive staff that continues to see the benefits of using it. Trust is now able to see more patients more quickly and provide a faster and highly efficient diagnostic service without compromising quality. "
Stephen Townrow, Image Systems Manager added:
Within a few months of using the system, the Trust has been able to significantly improve patient care. Features are effectively used to ensure that the tests are reported in an appropriate time period, as recommended by the NHS England National Review of Radiology Reporting. Using Enterprise Imaging means that we usually have completed reports in real time, which means zero backlog of images that require reporting. "
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust