Derby commissions new mobile breast screening trailer

Additional capacity delivered in just two months

The mobile breast screening clinic has been delivered in time for the new screening year

A new mobile breast screening trailer has now been delivered to University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust as part of a managed service contract with Althea.

The unit, supplied by Lynton Trailers, was first delivered to Queens Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent and carries a new Hologic Selenia Dimension X-ray machine to provide superior clinical performance and top image quality.

The trailer will travel in between Queen’s Hospital in Burton, the Co-operative Extra Superstore in Lichfield, Sir Robert Peel Hospital in Tamworth, and Uttoxeter Leisure Centre in Uttoxeter.

The project comes after the trust’s previous trailer reached the end of its life, with a quick turnaround required due to the new screening year about to start.

This meant Althea’s procurement department had to quickly secure competitive pricing for the capital purchase of the equipment as well as the maintenance for the life of the asset.

To assist in delivering the trailer within the short two-month timescale, as well as preventing spend on storage costs, the Hologic Selenia Dimension Mammography system was delivered to Althea’s warehouse in Theale, which provided a safe and secure space where it was temporarily stored.

Lee Chlechowicz, clinical manager for imaging at the trust, said: “The procurement of a new breast screening van for the breast screening programme was dealt with quickly and efficiently under the managed equipment service contract.

“The specifications and design of the van, along with its delivery, were achieved within very-tight timescales, timescales which Althea signed up to and delivered, something which was critical in order to deliver the programme.”

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