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HTN 100: NHS WiFi roll-out, new NHSA CEO and Dewsbury picks Carestream

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NHS WiFi is now available in 6,749 GP practices and 212 acute, mental health and community NHS Trusts

95% of GP practices and 98% of NHS trusts are already connected with the remaining four trusts and ten CCGs all underway and set to be live this year.

Bury CCG, responsible for a combination of 30 GP practices and medical centres, were early adopters of NHS WiFi. Jo Panter, Practice Manager said “The practice staff have found having the WiFi to enable laptops and tablets to be used for meetings has made a really positive impact and has changed our approach to the structure of practice meetings.”

Mark Nicholas, Clinical Lead for the programme at NHS Digital said: “It’s great to have so many patients already connected to free WiFi, empowering them to take more control over their own health through access to digital services. I’m really pleased that the service is being used for such a wide variety of health reasons.”

Northern Health Science Alliance announces new CEO

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) has announced Dr Séamus O’Neill as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The NHSA is an alliance of the leading research universities, NHS teaching trusts and the Academic Health Science networks across the North of England. It is a driver for investment into the sector, brings together research collaborations and is an advocate for the North’s health system in Government.

Dr O’Neill is currently chair of the national AHSN Network and CEO of the Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC).

He said: “The NHSA is a hugely significant organisation in a sector that is of vital importance to the future prosperity of the North of England. I have been privileged to support the development of the alliance in its first five years as a member of its Council and Operations Executive and I am delighted to be appointed to lead it through its next phase.”

“We’ve achieved much with the NHSA from our Health for Wealth report, drawing attention the need for tackling North/South health inequality, developing health data excellence in the region with Connected Health Cities and in amplifying the North’s health science excellence internationally and within Government. There are great opportunities to take forward the NHSA’s ideals and vision including building on the NHSA as a cluster; and positioning the NHSA within the rapidly changing landscape of government life science strategy and investment.”

Dewsbury and District Hospital live with Carestream for its Digital X-Ray Room

Dewsbury and District Hospital has selected the Carestream DRX Evolution Plus for its latest digital x-ray room, citing the high number of patient and staff benefits offered by the system as key among the reasons for its choice.

One of three hospitals in the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Dewsbury and District Hospital offers a range of medical, rehabilitation and surgical services.

Sue Barker, X-ray Team Lead “As a department we are pleased with the equipment we have procured, as it allows us to enable a better patient experience, using better technology and improved image quality.”   

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