Radiology at The Princess Alexandra Hospital praised for topping targets
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has been placed among the top six trusts nationwide in a review of radiology reporting standards in NHS organisations.
Radiology reports are fundamental to diagnosis in medical interventions, and timely reporting is crucial and requires radiologists to analyse and interpret medical images. The radiology department at PAHT processes 20,000 radiology images a month and has been in the forefront of adopting a new system of reporting which is being rolled out in the NHS.
The new standards were published last year by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified a lack of national standards in reporting radiology patient examinations. The RCR responded by developing a reporting framework. A range of standards were adopted including that reporting should prompt appropriate care and that the language used should be unambiguous. The result is to speed up diagnosis and treatment.
After its review, the CQC recently published reporting figures for trusts in England which have introduced new imaging recording software. The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was informed that it was in second place for the proportion of patient images reported within the 24 hours target for inpatient services and in sixth place for the proportion of emergency department (ED) images reported within the four hour target.
The PAHT radiology teams have worked hard as part of a cohort of early adopters of the software and Dr Sri Redla, consultant radiologist and associate medical director for cancer, cardiology and clinical support services at the trust was eager to express praise for his team. He said: "I am proud of the exceptional work of the radiology staff which means we now process and report images from ED within four hours. This is key to speeding diagnosis and improving the patient experience."