Reducing waiting times at Wythenshawe

The University Hopsital of South Manchester (UHSM) is a major acute teaching hospital trust providing services for adults and children at Wythenshawe Hospital and Withington Community Hospital. The Trust is recognised as a centre of clinical excellence with specialist fields of medicine that includes cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation, respiratory conditions, burns and plastics, cancer and breast care services.

UHSM began a cardiac MRI service at Wythenshawe in 2008 and demand grew rapidly for this relatively new imaging modality. Capacity was reached quickly and waiting times for appointments began to increase resulting in the trust approaching Alliance Medical to discuss ways of reducing the waiting list.

Increasing capacity

Alliance Medical were able to offer additional scanner capacity outside of normal cardiology working hours and selective weekend lists.

More recently a cardiac enabled mobile scanner has been brought in to increase capacity further.

The outcome

The trust has been delighted to see a dramatic 79% reduction in appointment waiting times for routine cardiac MRI scans from 24 weeks to just 5 weeks. The overall patient experience of the service has also greatly improved and the trust has the confidence that the waiting list is being well managed.

Alliance Medical has developed a strong working relationship with the trust and the people who work directly with the Alliance cardiac MR team. A successful partnership has been forged with the team working together to deliver a high quality service for the NHS.

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