HSJ has shortlisted GP Care’s Community Ultrasound Service as a finalist for its prestigious 2012 Innovation Award with regard to the delivery of ultrasound services to patients in prison.
Our service for prison inmates involves weekly on-site ultrasound clinics using high specification mobile ultrasound units. The service is delivered by GP Care’s team of highly experienced Sonographers which currently comprises 5 employed and 9 bank sonographers with radiologist support from a team of NHS consultants.
Teresa Caddick, GP Care’s Imaging and Diagnostics Service Manager commented that “Prior to the service starting, Patients were handcuffed and taken to hospital in a security van with two prison officers. This was unpleasant for patients and hospital staff and hugely expensive for NHS commissioners. The prison policy of not forewarning patients when they would be attending hospital, for security reasons, meant that many patients were often not prepared for the scans which resulted in poor images and the patient being rebooked for another time, incurring more cost and inconvenience. Also the number of trips to hospital that were possible in any one day was insufficient to cater for demand and therefore the waiting times were often excessive.”
GP Care’s ability to flex the number of clinics means that since inception of the service patients the waiting times have been consistently less than 7 days. Ultrasound reports are recorded electronically in the patient’s records and are immediately available to the GPs.
We continue to explore the delivery of this service to other prisons.
For further information or any questions regarding this service please contact the service on 0333 332 2103 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org