Radiography staff at their information stand in Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.
Radiography staff at their information stand in Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust celebrated International Day of Radiology and World Radiography Day on 8 November 2017 – the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays in 1895.

Radiography staff hosted information stands in Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area Hospitals, allowing both patients and visitors to gain an insight into the Radiology services provided in the Trust and to increase awareness of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy.

Jeanette Robinson, Head of Diagnostics in the Southern Trust said: “The Trust offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic imaging services including MRI, CT Scanning, Ultrasound and X-ray for all patients, carrying out approximately 307,000 examinations per year. They specialise in diagnosing and treating disease and injury through the use of medical imaging technology such as X-rays. Radiology is a very important area for the diagnosis of many conditions, including cancer.

The service is provided by a skilled team of dedicated radiologists, radiographers and sonographers. There are also radiographic assistants who support the clinical staff and a dedicated administration team who provide essential non-clinical support, dealing with a full range of patient presentations.

NIPACS

“Radiology staff use the Northern Ireland Picture Archiving and Communications System (NIPACS) which is a digital radiology information system that allows x-rays and scans to be viewed on specially designated computers, without the need for any printing. X-ray images are easily shared with staff across the Trust, making the diagnostic process quicker and much more efficient with the use of Ipads and viewing stations in clinical areas.”

“As the timely and accurate diagnosis of patients through these technologies is vital in ensuring that patients get the most appropriate care, our radiography staff have an influential role in the delivery of safe, high quality care.”

Leadership Award

Recently Southern Trust Radiographers Grainne Forsythe, Fionnuala Finn, Elizabeth Conway, Julie McLennan, Davida Eakin, Bronagh McAleer and Ruth Watson received the Health and Social Care Leadership Award for Leadership and Culture for their Trauma Imaging reporting by radiographers submission.

Congratulating the winners and finalists, Southern Trust Assistant Director of Allied Health Professions, Governance & Workforce Development Carmel Harney said:

“In the Southern Trust our Allied Health Professionals play such a vital role in ensuring safe, high quality care. From diagnosis and assessment to delivering treatment right through to rehabilitation, they have a huge influence on the patient journey and are leading the way in a number of “first of their kind” innovative service developments. I am extremely proud to have the calibre of our own AHPs recognised at such a prestigious event.”

If you would like to find out more about Radiology services or for further information please visit www.sor.org or www.rcr.ac.uk