Chelsea and Westminster Hospital increases imaging capability following A&E expansion

Two Ysio Max digital X-ray systems and a SOMATOM Definition AS CT are part of a major A&E expansion at the hospital

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in west London has enhanced its provision of imaging services to ensure an efficient workflow throughout A&E as part of the first phase of a major redevelopment of the emergency department, which includes a new imaging suite.

New additions in technology from Siemens Healthineers include two Ysio Max digital X-ray systems; a SOMATOM Definition AS CT within A&E; a Multix Fusion digital X-ray and a further Ysio Max in the imaging department.

Paul Hague, A&E superintendent radiographer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Said: “The new systems from Siemens Healthineers will ensure the A&E department is efficient, can provide faster throughput, and, in turn, shorter waiting times for our patients. We also anticipate an increase in uptime due to the modern technology and Siemens’ excellent customer support.”

Automatic Ortho and SmartOrtho packages on the Ysio Max systems will allow the hospital to perform long-leg and whole-spine imaging in A&E. Prior to this, all patients were transferred to the main imaging department as there was only one system available. Auto positioning, pre-programmed functions and increased automation is easing pressure on the radiographers and helping to ensure a smooth workflow.

Hague said: “The technology is very flexible and adaptable to a wide range of patient scenarios. But,most importantly, it provides us with reliability and confidence in both system and supplier.”

Nichola Yates, regional sales manager for London at Siemens Healthineers, added: “Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is a busy London teaching hospital with foundation trust status that delivers an excellent service for patients in the area. The new Siemens imaging systems in place are already simplifying processes for clinicians in A&E and give patients a better hospital experience. The improved image quality will also benefit clinicians and improve diagnostic confidence.”