National Grid has worked with x-ray imaging equipment provider Fujifilm to release 67 high specification laptops, which have been converted to home reporting workstations by Fujifilm for NHS radiologists across England and Wales.
There is currently unprecedented demand on radiologists as a result of the additional chest x-ray examinations being carried out as part of the diagnostic process for Covid-19. These workstations enable radiologists to review patients’ x-rays and make urgent diagnoses from the safety and isolation of their homes, both protecting themselves at this critical time and saving lives.
George Anderson, Head of IT Service Management at National Grid said:“Across the UK, people and businesses like National Grid are rallying around the NHS to support it through the mammoth task of managing Covid-19. We’re glad to be able to help and support in any way we can”.
Adrian Waller, General Manager of Fujifilm Medical Systems UK said: “We are incredibly grateful to National Grid and to our partners at Dell Technologies for finding this solution to an urgent need for home reporting workstations for the NHS. With supply chains disrupted the number of these high specification workstations available is currently restricted, and we are delighted that National Grid have allowed us to procure their stock.”
Dr.Sally Bolt, Consultant Radiologist and one of the Clinical Directors at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: "Once the scale of the Coronavirus pandemic became clear, as a health board we very quickly focused on implementing the most effective ways of working as clinical radiologists. As a clinical body, we identified that we needed to make changes to how we worked. Prior to COVID-19, most of the team were based onsite at one of our three acute hospitals. We needed to change this and introduce home working for the majority. To enable this, we would need to utilise Fujifilm’s home reporting solution, available to only a small number of the team prior to the pandemic. Since the workstations have been deployed, most radiologists within our health board are now set up to work from home meaning we can support our clinical colleagues by delivering a hot reporting chest x-ray service 7 days a week. We are hugely grateful to National Grid for kindly releasing these workstations.”
The laptop release follows a £500,000 donation from National Grid to support key appeals from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and the Trussell Trust, which supports the UK’s largest network of food banks and £100,000 donation to the University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) Trust Charity as part of the launch of its £1m campaign to raise funds in support of patients and staff impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
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