Asteral, the UK’s leading vendor-independent provider of medical equipment solutions to the NHS has just completed a re-configuration of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust’s (UHL) equipment portfolio to meet their increasing clinical needs.
UHL’s current contract has been augmented to add an additional CT scanner to their existing equipment portfolio of six MR and & seven CT scanners.
The acquisition of the new CT and MR machines form part of a larger equipment portfolio reconfiguration project at UHL and will see the total installation of six CT and five MR machines; with four CT machines being awarded to Toshiba, three MR scanners awarded to GE and a further two CT and two MR machines to Siemens. These scanners will be installed between January and October 2013, resulting in the largest single installation of CT & MR in a single NHS Trust to date.
Andy Jones, General Manager Implementation & Technology at Asteral said, “Asteral have worked closely for many months with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust to ensure we met their specific requirements for the procurement and installation of these machines. By listening to their specific clinical and financial requirements and procuring a range of cutting edge technology from different suppliers we were able to offer them a bespoke solution ensuring that their equipment estate stays closely aligned to the needs of their patients.”
Stephen Hodgson, Business Development Director at Asteral, adds, “As part of Asteral’s long-term Equipment-as-a-Service solution with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust we deliver on-going access to the latest and most appropriate technology. By deploying these new machines we ensure UHL receive improved performance driven by increased equipment utilisation and reliability.”
Dr Christine Reek, Imaging and Medical Physics Clinical Lead, UHL said “We have worked in close partnership with Asteral to deliver this replacement programme; the choice of equipment from the different manufacturers has ensured we can deliver the services across our three sites.”
Judy Gilmore, Acting Imaging Clinical Business Unit Manager, UHL added “The new and replacement scanners will provide us with CT and MR scanners to deliver innovative scanning techniques including research; as well as meeting the ever expanding service requirements for both planned and non-elective patients”