The vanguard and the people it serves
Seven NHS trusts across the East Midlands are creating a clinical network which will deliver timely and expert radiology (such as X-ray services) for patients regardless of where they are treated. Once developed, this network will set a national standard for other NHS radiology services to follow.
The East Midlands Radiology (EMRAD) consortium is hosted by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and also includes:
- Chesterfield Royal
- Kettering General Hospital and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS foundation trusts
- Northampton General Hospital
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals
- University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trusts.
Together they cover a population of around six million.
What is changing?
The EMRAD network and the new ways of working that are planned will significantly improve the clinical care offered within urgent services such as major trauma and stroke and in regional acute surgical centres, as well as improving the support available to smaller hospitals and outpatient facilities around the region.
A new shared technical system will allow clinicians to access the complete radiology imaging record for their patients (including scans, reports and clinical opinions), regardless of where they are based, which will help more clinicians provide more care closer to patients’ homes.
The network will also allow the trusts involved to develop regional services that can help bring work back into the NHS which is currently being delivered in other sectors, and to support both large and small trusts through the formal sharing of expertise.
- Improved support for clinicians who need to use scan results to make decisions on patient care (such as A&E teams) will allow them to deliver the best care
- The network supports the aim of providing more care closer to home by making test results available to all appropriate clinicians, wherever they are based.