Dorset County Hospital upgrades X-ray rooms and addsnew DR mobiles

Dorset County Hospital, founded in 1840 and established in its current site in Dorchester in 1991, serves a population of 210,000 living within Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck.

In its January 2012 Vision Statement, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust outlined its commitment to continuously improve the patient care it provides, and to exceed its patients’ expectations. To help realise this vision the decision was taken in February 2012 to upgrade three of their existing X-ray rooms from Computed Radiography (CR) to wireless Digital Radiography (DR). These latest DR X-ray systems allow radiographers to enhance image quality with less than half the radiation dose to the patient. After the X-ray is exposed the digital image is available for viewing in a matter of seconds, which assists the department with swifter throughput giving less waiting time for the patients.

UK privately owned Xograph Healthcare, specialist integrators of Canon DR systems, have been awarded the contract via the NHS Supply Chain, to carry out this upgrade along with the supply of two digital MobileDaRt Evolution X-ray units that can be used in conjunction with the newly upgraded rooms.

Linda Chappell, Lead Superintendent Radiographer at Dorset County Hospital said: “This new equipment is wonderful and will help staff as we all strive to continuously improve the care we provide to our patients. We chose Xograph Healthcare because their after-sales service is superb and they have a selection of interchangeable wireless digital detector sizes that are suitable for both our fixed X-ray rooms and mobile X-ray systems. We look forward to working with Xograph Healthcare long into the future.”

Paul Andrews, Commercial Manager at Xograph Healthcare, said: “I am delighted to be working with Dorset County Hospital, this is a significant strategic investment by the Trust and I am sure they will quickly benefit from all the advantages that the latest DR Technology has to offer.”