Long Eaton Health Centre improves its patient communications with IP telephony from NEC Philips

Derbyshire County PCT’s Long Eaton Health Centre has gone live with a new VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephony system from NEC Philips Unified Solutions. The SOPHO 2000 IPS system is valued in the region of £65,000 and will enable the new Health Centre to deal with the 1500 patient calls and enquiries it receives on a daily basis regarding appointments, prescriptions and test results, for example, with greater speed and efficiency. 

The Health Centre was opened in May 2006 and was funded and is owned by Southern Derbyshire LIFT Company (LIFTCo.) – Local Improvement Finance Trust. LIFT brings together the public, private and voluntary sectors to deliver innovative schemes aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of local communities within Southern Derbyshire. Following the Government’s announcement of plans to modernise and reform the NHS, a lack of modern, purpose-built premises for primary and community care was recognised with many buildings privately owned, rented or leased.  Some of the services that are provided in the new centre are GP practices, pharmacy, child health clinics, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

Christian Somers, Telecommunications Manager at Derwent Shared Services, explains, “A new telecommunications system was required to compliment the new building that was going to make a huge difference to the community and the way in which it provides healthcare services. The vital functionality of the system that is making a difference is the call queuing facility. The majority of patient feedback was that it was very difficult to get through first time and many callers would experience an engaged tone and would only get to speak to someone after several attempts.”

In addition, the Desktop application integrated with the NEC Philips SOPHO 2000 IPS system, means that receptionists are able to field calls more effectively with the presence management functionality, enabling them to field calls appropriately according to recipients’ status.  More importantly, the call queuing element will reduce the number of enquiries being abandoned and increase the number that will be resolved quicker and more effectively.

Commenting on the relationship with NEC Philips, Mr. Somers concludes, “We have worked closely with NEC Philips to ensure the system meets all of our business requirements, and the team there has been extremely supportive and responsive at every stage. The feedback from users and patients alike has been very positive and we look forward to continuing to work with NEC Philips to further utilise the benefits of IP telephony moving forward.”

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NEC Philips Unified Solutions

NEC Philips Unified Solutions (NEC Philips) is a global systems integrator focused on communications technology, headquartered in Hilversum, Netherlands and with its UK head office in Cambridge.  NEC Philips is a 60:40 joint venture between NEC Corporation of Japan and Royal Philips Electronics.

With an annual turnover in the region of €200 million and 1000 employees, NEC Philips is the European arm of the global NEC communications business which is ranked 2nd in the worldwide enterprise market (Source: Gartner Dataquest - December 2005).

NEC Philips is a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in Unified Communications (UC) – the convergence of IT and Communications to provide real-time collaboration solutions delivering rich functionality – to small, medium and large enterprises in the private and public sectors.

NEC Philips provides simple to use, yet sophisticated and highly secure UC solutions based around Microsoft software platforms, including Office Communications Server, Exchange, Sharepoint and other UC components.  These are deployed with the latest voice, data and video technologies over converged networks, utilising both desktop and mobile devices to enable real-time, collaborative working.

These real-world solutions provide customers with investment protection by allowing them to deploy technology at their own pace without the need for large-scale replacement of hardware infrastructure. When combined with the latest messaging, presence management and contact centre applications these solutions deliver increased efficiency, quality, profitability and significantly improved customer satisfaction.

NEC Philips provides traditional, hybrid and IP communications products and services to over 12 million end users worldwide.

For further information, please contact:

Ian Guest                                 
NEC Philips Unified Solutions
Tel: +44 (0)1223 468777                        
Fax: +44 (0)1223 468340           
Email: ian.guest@philips.com                
Audrey Blackburn / Kieran Kent
The itpr Partnership
Tel: +44 (0)1932 578800
Fax: +44 (0)1932 578801
Email: audreyb@itpr.co.uk

For further information on the services provided by Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust please contact:

Sean Thornton
Tel: 01283 514128

Rob Steel                     
Tel: 01773 525032 

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