New system to benefit hospital patients

A NEW system that will enable hospitals across Sussex and Surrey to share x-rays and scans looks set to benefit patients.

An enhanced Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) is to be installed next year at the Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH, run by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which will then be able to share radiology images such as x-rays and scans with other hospitals using the system.

The PACS is a specialist imaging technology that electronically provides access to a patient’s medical images and information.

It is used to store and review images such as X-rays, MRI and CT scans and provides a secure network for the transmission of patient information. The new system enables patients to be referred or transferred for treatment between the trusts, without delays in obtaining their images and information.

Also installing the new system are Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Martin Sambrook, consultant radiologist at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This advanced system will benefit both patients and the clinicians who use it.

“It allows high quality images and other patient data to be obtained whenever and wherever they are needed across the region.

“This aims to provide a seamless patient experience and support accurate and timely diagnosis and reporting.”