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North Staffordshire installs 'freedom of choice' imaging systems

Siemens Healthcare UK : 07 May, 2012  (Company News)
University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust is taking delivery of a portfolio of new medical imaging systems for its new hospital on the City General site to upgrade medical and diagnostic services for local patients.
The equipment provision and project management is part of a 15 year Managed Equipment Service (MES) partnership with Siemens Healthcare. Under the agreement, ten new imaging systems from Siemens have been installed in addition to a variety of X-ray and ultrasound systems from other vendors.


Via the MES partnership, Siemens Healthcare will take care of the maintenance, provision and ongoing replacement of all imaging equipment for the life of the contract. This means that clinicians can focus on patient care leaving all the equipment concerns to Siemens. The new hospital, due to be fully operationally

by autumn 2012, brings together several departments in one location for the first time.


The Siemens equipment installed includes: three
MRI systems - two Magnetom Skyra and one Magnetom Aera system; three CT systems - a Somatom Definition Flash and two SOMATOM Definition AS systems; two angiography systems - a single plane Artis zee floor mounted system and Artis zee biplane system; and a Symbia T TruePoint SPECT-CT.


"The MES partnership with Siemens has helped to bring together previously disparate departments. We can be closer to the services that need us, improve patient flow and enhance the quality of diagnostic imaging for those departments. An example is the new CT system at the heart of the emergency department.

We have been awarded Major Trauma Centre Status partly due to the definitive care and rapid diagnosis we are now able to provide for patients with complex injuries," said Alice Turner, Principal Radiographer at University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust. "A key benefit of the MES partnership is freedom of choice. In terms of equipment, we are not tied in to a vendor, we have the flexibility to choose the best on the market. Incidentally, we chose Siemens to supply our high-end systems."


"We are working very closely with University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust to guarantee provision of the latest medical equipment, simplify financial planning, provide regular maintenance and a planned replacement programme," said Neil Mearns, MES Operations Manager - North and West at Siemens

Healthcare. "The partnership approach helps to ensure we are meeting the hospital's needs now during its development stages and will oversee all contractual responsibilities into the future so that clinicians are able to focus on providing the highest level of service to patients."
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