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Trust achieves Exemplar Site Status for Interventional Radiology

14 April 2014

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital has been praised for the quality of its Interventional Radiology (IR) services by the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR).

As one of six hospitals to be awarded the Exemplar Site Status in January 2014 with a total of only 15 exemplar sites across the UK, the recognition demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to improving quality and access to Interventional Radiology services in four key areas: scope of services, providing good quality care, patient focus and service improvement.

The Trust offers an extensive range of IR treatments which are performed by specialist consultants, use imaging methods such as CT and X-rays to guide small instruments, like catheters, through natural routes in the body. This means the treatment is much less invasive for the patient with less pain and trauma, reduced infection rate and quicker recovery time.

Dr Clare Bent, Consultant Radiologist said: “We are very pleased as a team to receive this national recognition for the work we do as a department. The whole team of interventional radiologists, nurses, radiographers, clerical and support staff all contribute to ensuring we provide the best service we can for patients 24 hours a day.

We are proud of the continued increase in the range of the procedures we provide to ensure the population we serve has access to high quality cutting-edge treatments.”

Over the past two years the IR team at Bournemouth has increased its specialist services and undertaken a number of new initiatives, including Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) - a procedure which restricts a tumour’s blood supply allowing the chemotherapy to focus on the area required, and Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) - a minimally invasive interventional radiology procedure to block the arteries to the prostate causing the gland to shrink and reduce troublesome Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). This is a relatively new technique performed by only a few centres around the world and only two in the UK with an established service, of which the Trust is one.

As part of achieving Exemplar Site Status, the Bournemouth IR team demonstrated it has a clear process for maintaining quality of care and continually works to improve the service through regular audit, learning and multidisciplinary working. The team has also committed to submitting data to registries to inform national practice, sharing service developments with other trusts, along with providing high quality patient information and getting feedback from patients about their services.

Iain Robertson, Chair Safety and Quality Committee at BSIR, said of the Trust: “We were particularly impressed by the service improvement which showed an organisational focus to improve patient communication and the consent process.”

The exemplar status will be reviewed every six months to demonstrate that the same standards are still being met.

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