Althea’s Design & Technology team present at Innovation Day

Francesca Evans, Asteral’s Chief Technologist and member of Asteral’s in-house Design & Technology division, gave a presentation at an Innovation Day held on 19th November 2015.

Fran’s presentation focused on the subject of moving from Computed Radiography (CR) to Digital Radiography (DR) and the improvements in DR equipment over time, using the managed service at Whittington Health NHS Trust as an example.  Through our partnership, Whittington Hospital was one of the first sites in the UK to install DR equipment throughout all diagnostic imaging modalities, and continues to benefit from ongoing investment in the latest DR technologies.

In addition, Fran’s presentation identified how DR retro-fit x-ray systems are becoming an increasingly popular, reliable, and cost-effective way of moving towards DR.

Althea’s vendor-independent approach gives NHS Trusts the flexibility to choose technology from across the supplier base whilst maintaining the commercial benefits of developing a single supplier relationship.  Through our managed services, our Design & Technology team will guide clinical teams through all available options and then assist users select the most appropriate technology.

The Innovation Day’s agenda also included talks from radiographers practising at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Sherwood Forest Hospitals. Members of staff from Philips Healthcare also led product demonstrations.

Peterborough City Hospital’s Amazon Children’s Charity Ball

The Children’s Unit at Peterborough City Hospital held its second Amazon Children’s Charity Ball on Saturday 14th November 2015 at the Peterborough Arena. The night was a great success and included a three-course dinner, disco, auction and raffle – towards which we donated a Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine.

The proceeds from the Amazon Children’s Charity Ball will go towards improving patient experience and providing home-from-home comforts within the children’s environment at Peterborough City Hospital.

The Children’s Unit wishes to provide the best possible care for the children and support for their families; made possible by extra funding from donations that events like the Amazon Ball can raise.  The first ball in 2012 raised over £33,000 and this year’s has raised in excess of £38,000!