Staff beside a breast screening machine - Asteral

Digital Transformation of Leicester and Rutland’s breast screening service marks Asteral’s two year anniversary

As Asteral’s managed equipment service at University hospitals Leicester reaches its second anniversary, the scale and flexibility of the project is becoming clear with 31 variation requests accepted within contract last year.

These variations include the complete refurbishment of Leicester and Rutland breast screening services, going completely digital by 2010. With four digital screening rooms and three digital screening trailers, the quality of patient care will be transformed as the local NHS moves away from film and chemical processing. Two of the rooms have already been installed and the rest go live over the course of the next 18 months. All of the facilities have been furnished with equipment chosen from the full range of manufacturers to respond to clinicians’ priorities.

Dr Hilary Daintith, Clinical Director of Breast Screening, said “the flexibility Asteral has shown to incorporate this transformation which was outside the scope of our original contract is amazing. As well as the certainty of long-term planning through the MES we also get to change our priorities as clinical requirements develop. Over 1,500 women every week will benefit through improved image quality, better diagnosis and a reduction in it examinations. In addition, the digital transformation will save us £150,000 on film every year.”

Accompanying photo:

  • Glynis North (left), a UHL patient who has been encouraging women to have regular check ups with Superintendent Radiographer Julie Smith (right). Photo Courtesy Leicester Mercury