First Dual Source CT system in Wales to transform patient workflow at Glan Clwyd Hospital

2020-11-30
SOMATAM Drive at Glan Clwyd
[From left to right:] Sarah Cornwell – CT Radiographer, Joanne Rothwell – Lead MRI Radiographer, Nicola Dobson - CT Principal and CT Lead, Nicole Russell – Radiographer and Janice Jones – Radiographer Assistant at Glan Clwyd Hospital
  • Refurbishment of CT facilities at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Wales provides improved patient experience with private recovery and changing area affording greater patient privacy.
  • The addition of a SOMATOM Drive, the first Dual Source CT system in Wales, offers increased speed and power, plus fast and precise imaging at a lower dose.
  • Remote training and support allow rapid protocol development and workflow optimisation with the first patient scanned days after applications training.

Key refurbishments to CT facilities at Glan Clwyd Hospital are now complete, with a CT suite designed with patients and staff in mind. The hospital is the first in Wales to offer Dual Source CT imaging, receiving a SOMATOM Drive CT system from Siemens Healthineers to help improve workflow and patient outcomes. Remote applications training and support have enabled ongoing workflow optimisation and protocol development, despite the challenges of a global pandemic.

Part of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Glan Clwyd Hospital works alongside several other hospitals to provide a range of health services for the population of North Wales. The new CT system complements work to redesign large sections of Glan Clwyd Hospital and is now in situ in a custom-built wing of the radiology department.

Patient dignity and privacy were at the centre of this project and the completed CT suite comprises a private recovery area, changing facility and en-suite toilet for improved patient experience when attending examinations. Dedicated office space for radiology staff was also allocated during the planning of the renovations and supports the department in transforming workflows.

The SOMATOM Drive from Siemens Healthineers incorporates advanced Dual Source technology, facilitating precise scanning for consistent image quality whilst minimising dose to patients. The new system is the first of its kind in Wales and increases capabilities and flexibility at the hospital – allowing greater ability to meet demands for unscheduled CT scans. Applications training was made available remotely to reduce the need for on-site visits during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling the team to work with Siemens Healthineers specialists to optimise clinical workflows for improved patient outcomes.

“The Siemens Healthineers team kept the installation on track, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with equipment and engineers making it to site, while training was deployed remotely,” states Nicola Dobson, CT Principal and CT Lead at Glan Clwyd Hospital. “We were able to develop many of our scanning protocols using the SmartSimulator in conjunction with video calling software. This allowed us to maximise protocol development and enable optimisation of scan protocols to align the new SOMATOM Drive with our existing SOMATOM Definition Edge CT. The combination of remote and on-site applications training minimised downtime and services resumed quicker than I have previously experienced. The CT team were confidently scanning on the new system by day two.”

“Siemens Healthineers is very pleased to see the SOMATOM Drive now on site at Glan Clwyd Hospital,” states Russell Lodge, CT Business Manager at Siemens Healthineers GB&I. “This is the first Dual Source CT system in Wales, with the advanced technology offering increased speed and power, plus rapid and precise imaging without need for breath-hold or sedation. This can be achieved at lower dose levels and allows for more efficient handling of unplanned patients. Additionally, high temporal resolution provides the opportunity for developing the department’s cardiac service – delivering outstanding images, even with high or unstable heart rates and without additional preparation methods. This exciting technology is a great step forward for Glan Clwyd’s imaging department, and a positive development for the people of Wales.”