University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) has announced a major equipment upgrade as part of their Managed Equipment Services (MES) partnership with Asteral.
This upgrade will transform Leicester’s mammography services to state-of-the art digital imaging technology. Four mammography suites located in the Trust’s hospitals will be upgraded as well as three mobile scanners and their trailers allowing UHL to reach out into the community.
The move comes just over two years after the scheme went live. The contract is the largest stand alone MES contract in Europe, and the latest development adds over £700,000 of additional equipment value to the scheme. Asteral, which manages 176 assets on behalf of UHL has replaced 81 of them since going live.
Director of Strategy for the Trust, Abigail Tierney, said “the MES has already shown that a more efficient way of working really does improve patient care. Average equipment uptime in the last financial year was an exceptional 99.37% and that has helped make it possible for us to achieve dramatic reductions in waiting times. We have included the digital mammography suites in the scope of the project because we wanted to see those results reach across more of our services.”
Managing Director, David Rolfe explained “the objective of the upgrade is to ensure that all the mammography services at the Trust will use the latest digital technology. Because we are vendor-independent, we will now work closely with the Trust to identify which manufacturer’s equipment will best fit their requirements. We’ve already upgraded two suites at the Glenfield Hospital and we will now deliver a similar level of service in the other suites in the Trust. UHL is serious about taking care closer to patients’ homes, so we will also be replacing their mobile breast screening facilities with the latest digital technology.”
Accompanying photo showing from left to right:
- Gill Gibbard – Senior Radiographer, UHL Staff
- Heraklis Skannavis – Asteral Engineer
- Marianne Phillips – Asteral Leicester Office Manager
- Denise Benn – Senior Radiographer