Mansfield roll-out for ‘life-saving’ ultrasound service

A pioneering new ultrasound service that has already enabled the early detection of life-threatening conditions for many primary care patients in Mansfield is set to be extended across the region.

Aston Healthcare, which first introduced the service into its Bull Farm Surgery on Concorde Way almost a year ago, is now working with Mansfield District Primary Care Trust (PCT) to try to extend its offer,  initially via ‘Choose and Book’ , to other general practices in the area.

This state-of-the-art mobile diagnostic ultrasound service is one of the first anywhere in the UK and is focused on ensuring the earliest possible detection of conditions such as aortic aneurysms, liver, renal, pancreatic and testicular cancers. 

One of the most significant benefits has been the reduced waiting times for patients. At Bull Farm, scans are being made available well within four weeks of request, much less in emergency cases, in marked contrast to secondary care hospital scanning where some patients can wait up to 12 weeks for an appointment. 

Bull Farm Surgery is currently running one ultrasound clinic per month, each seeing an average of some 16 patients, and has in the first 11 months successfully performed 140 scans. It is able to cite examples of patients who have been scanned, referred and had surgery, for example for cancer, before they would have even received a scan in secondary care. 

Aston’s business services manager at Bull Farm Surgery is Lesley Mobsby.  She has already seen many patients benefit from prompt and efficient diagnosis and believes the mobile service is the future for all GP surgeries within Mansfield PCT: 

“The equipment is so small and compact that scanning can be performed in any basic GP surgery and can even be taken into the home or nursing homes to scan elderly, infirm or housebound patients.  One of the major benefits is its convenience for patients who do not have to travel to and try and park at the local hospital.” 

Professor J Hill, a consultant radiologist at the Royal Preston Hospital is responsible for formally supervising Aston Healthcare’s ultrasound service and ensuring it complies with the highest standards of clinical governance: 

“The service provided by Aston Healthcare is one of the most innovative in the country and is genuinely enabling detection and diagnosis of life-threatening illnesses at the earliest opportunity.  Its expansion throughout Mansfield and, potentially, other PCT’s will benefit many, many primary care patients.” 

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Notes to Editors:

Aston Healthcare is one of the most innovative and visionary healthcare providers of primary care services in the North West.  Formed in 2003 Aston has grown into an organisation employing over 150 permanent staff of which almost a third are clinicians.  Aston manages the care of nearly 40,000 primary care patients across 10 practices in Knowsley, Newton-le-Willows and Mansfield and is committed to the process of Practice Based Commissioning (PBC).

For further information contact:

Andrew Crosbie, Director, Harris Moore Public Relations, Tel : 0794 799 2022

E : andrew@harrismoorepr.co.uk

Lesley Mobsby, Business Services Manager, Aston Healthcare Limited, Tel : 01623 672118

E : Lesley.Mobsby@GP-C84710.nhs.uk

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