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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust Accredited to ISAS

14th September 2012
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust (QEH) has become the latest diagnostic imaging services provider to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) against the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) standard.  The scope of the Trust’s accreditation covers a range of diagnostic imaging services that includes: radiography; ultrasound; mammography; computerised tomography; magnetic resonance imaging; therapeutic radiology procedures; PACS and teleradiology.

QEH is an acute hospital serving a population of approximately 250,000 people from the communities of West Norfolk, South Lincolnshire and North East Cambridgeshire and has around 500 hospital beds for patients.

In recommending the accreditation the assessment team commended the Trust on its proactive approach to service improvements, highlighting many areas of good practice in service delivery, in staff development, and overall good communication and teamwork amongst all staff was evident throughout the Service.

On receiving news of the Trust’s grant of accreditation, Consultant Radiologist Dr Aejaz Syed said: “This is a great achievement for the staff and the hospital.  Patient-focused care and welfare has been the main driving force of this process and local people can be confident of having diagnostic tests of high standards.  ISAS is about constantly improving the services we offer.  As professionals the radiologists, radiographers and all other staff here have shown they are committed to the services we offer patients.”
 
Congratulating Dr Aejaz Syed, Consultant Radiologist, and the rest of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust’s diagnostic imaging staff, Paul Stennett, Chief Executive, UKAS said.  “Participating in the accreditation process demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to improving both clinical and patient-related outcomes in its local community.  Achieving UKAS accreditation to the ISAS standard will give the Trust’s patients the confidence that the diagnostic imaging services they receive are both focused on their needs and of the highest standards available.”

Paul Stennett concluded.  “Accreditation has the potential to assure the delivery of safe, accountable and sustainable services that offer value for money.  Beyond ISAS, accreditation has a much wider role to play in the health sector, as government is increasing looking for ways to use it as an alternative to regulation.”

QEH’s grant of accreditation by UKAS to the ISAS standard follows the success of five other NHS and two private diagnostic imaging service providers, whilst many other organisations are at various stages in the accreditation process.
 

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