Asteral has announced a partnership with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in which it will provide diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy managed equipment.
The 10-year Asteral Select contract, which has an optional 10-year extension, will include the robust management and high-quality maintenance of four linear accelerators and more than 160 radiology assets through the single point of contact Asteral Service Centre; the provision of a clinical consumables service; and a significant asset replacement programme which will see 18 new systems delivered by the end of the year.
Two fully-equipped mammography trailers have already been delivered to the Royal Derby Hospital, and several other state-of-the art clinical systems will be handed over before the end of the year. These include eight ultrasounds, a linear accelerator and associated oncology management and treatment planning systems, six x-ray systems and a gamma camera. All have been selected on a vendor-independent basis.
Derby Teaching Hospitals works to an ethos of Taking Pride in Caring, and aims to be a beacon for all that is best in 21st-century healthcare. Asteral believes this contract supports that vision.
Kevin Downs, director of finance and performance for the trust, said: “We are delighted that the managed equipment service has now gone live and that staff and patients are benefitting from the investment in new technology – an investment made possible due to the financial savings achieved through a long-term partnership with the UK’s leading vendor-independent MES provider.”
Steven Hodgson, Asteral’s managing director, added: “Asteral is delighted to have Derby as our latest managed equipment service customer. We share the trust’s vision of taking pride in the service we deliver and epitomising quality. Our Asteral Select service is an industry-leading solution that will support Derby deliver a safe, high-performing and efficient patient service.”