Surrey and Sussex Healthcare picks Sectra’s picture archiving and communications system

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare is the latest trust to join a collaborative of organisations across the Surrey and Sussex region to use Sectra’s imaging solution.

The trust signed a deal in September to move to the solution, joining Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS FT, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS FT, Royal Surrey NHS FT, and University Hospitals Sussex NHS FT, who use the system.

Commenting on the programme, Dr Tony Newman-Sanders, chief of cancer and diagnostics at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This is an important step in the strategic future of our diagnostic services that will equip our professionals with 21st century technology that is fit for the future. It will allow us to align with fellow providers in Surrey and Sussex, and provide the means to develop imaging services that are better able to meet the needs of our patients.”

In August, Medway NHS FT launched the platform to view radiology images, along with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and East Kent Hospitals University NHS FT. They noted that the solution “will mean fewer scans” and “time and money savings from the current requirement to transfer images through the image exchange portal between trusts”.

Jayne Black, chief executive, Medway NHS FT, added praised for “collaboration over the last few months to make sure the new system could be launched smoothly, to reduce barriers to our patients”. Jayne highlighted “plans to also integrate the system with Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in the future, I know this will make a big difference to putting our patients first and working together as partners across the county.”

In May, as part of HTN’s Digital ICS regional series, we explored digital and data across the South East and its six ICSs: Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West; Frimley; Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; Kent and Medway; Surrey Heartlands; and Sussex.