The League of Friends at Kidderminster hospital recently purchased a Philips HD11 XE ultrasound system for the Hospital’s Ante-Natal Clinic. Two midwives at the Clinic, Elaine Brine and Susan Tabberer have recently completed an ultrasound course and are using the system to perform routine dating scans. By doing this, they are helping to reduce the obstetric scan waiting lists, taking the pressure off the Ultrasound Department. As part of the service offered, they even perform dating scans on a Saturday morning.
Both midwives are finding the system very easy to use, Elaine Brine comments: “It has a good slave monitor so that patients can see their scans, and is certainly helping to reduce the workload. In addition to the dating scans, the Consultants will also be using the machine for gynaecological studies.”
As with all the other ultrasound systems in the Philips’ portfolio, the ergonomic design of the HD11 XE makes scanning a lot easier. The articulating flat panel display and control panel, and the lightweight slim chassis are designed for portability, scanning flexibility and user comfort. The result is a unique human-centred design that can be adjusted individually for each user, dramatically reducing many of the known causes of muscle strain and repetitive strain injuries.
The core of the system is its high-definition imaging. Its digital broadband beamformer with beam steering capabilities and powerful signature processing techniques, including Philips’ exclusive SonoCT real-time compound imaging with XRES technology, provide enhanced edges and margins for more sharply defined structures, reduced noise and speckle, and better visibility and contrast resolution of even the smallest structures.
Kidderminster Hospital, part of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, is currently being developed as a Diagnostic and Treatment Centre (DTC). Once complete, the £14 million DTC development will provide day case and short stay elective treatment, diagnostic facilities and a local emergency centre – with staff also having extra back-up from telemedicine video links to the A & E departments and Worcester and Redditch. Within this development is a midwifery-led maternity unit.