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Friday 28th October 2016

PACS used by 100% of trusts

4th October 2007

Every acute trust in the east of England is now using the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS).


NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CFH) announced that 100% of acute trusts in the region were using PACS, meaning that more than 5.4 million people will benefit from technology that allows health professionals to capture and store medical images electronically so that they can be viewed on a screen.

The announcement marks another major milestone for the PACS programme and builds on the completion of PACS deployments in London and Southern England and in the Strategic Health Authority areas of East Midlands and the North East this year.

Twelve trusts in the east have received a PACS solution as part of the National Programme for IT in the last two years with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust going live on October 1.

PACS enables medical images such as x-rays and scans to be stored and viewed electronically by health professionals and means that consultants can quickly monitor changes in the patients’ conditions by comparing new images with old.

Dr Mark Alexander, Consultant Radiologist, Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust and Chair of the east of England Radiology Development Group, said the installation of PACS in the east was a fantastic achievement.

He said: “The huge amount of work and the dedication and commitment of all those involved cannot be underestimated. For patients, it has already removed a major cause of frustration through x-ray films being lost, or not available to those who need them.?

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