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Helping to support the continuation of cancer diagnosis during Covid-19

By 23rd April 2020May 5th, 2020No Comments

Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance has accelerated the procurement of home working stations to enable the reporting workforce within our region to report from home during Covid-19.

Thirty home working stations, which have been funded through transformational monies, will be placed in reporters homes across Humber, Coast and Vale region to help alleviate any pressures caused by staff needing to self-isolate or reduce travel into acute sites.

The Cancer Alliance has worked with Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to agree where these stations are placed for maximum impact.

As well as supporting the continuation of cancer diagnosis in line with national guidance during covid-19, the home working stations will also support service delivery in the immediate post Covid-19 period and will enable collaborative working and increased capacity for reporting in the longer term.

As the Alliance move forwards, the work stations will form part of the Humber, Coast and Vale collaborative reporting solution, described below by Dr Oliver Byass, Clinical Director for Radiology at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:

“The collaborative reporting solution sits above our independent Picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and work stations within the various trusts and will allow us as individual radiologists to report the ‘right test first time’ seamlessly across our organisations and that is going to be transformational as to how we work in the future.

Our work in modern radiology is a lot about diagnostics and trying to get the patient diagnosis both safely and as quickly as soon as possible and we are very fortunate in the fact that modern radiology, CT, MRI and ultrasound have amazing diagnostic capabilities”

This work will help support the Alliance ambition of earlier diagnosis and better outcomes for patients, whilst delivering sustainable diagnostic services across the area.

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