Enhanced image quality, lower dose and quicker procedures to meet the increasing needs of ageing patient population in the area

Cardiac rhythm management and bradycardia pacemaker implantation services have been enhanced for patients at the Countess of Chester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust following the installation of a new Alphenix Sky ceiling-mounted C-arm.

The bespoke pacing theatre, a turnkey project with Canon Medical Systems UK, included the replacement of a 15-year-old incumbent system with the latest interventional imaging technology to improve image quality, reduce dose and speed up procedures. The remodelling of the room also included lighting modifications to the right and left to enable greater versatility of pacing on both sides of the patient.

“Chester has a growing ageing population and our pacemaker workload is increasing year-on-year by about 7%. We do approximately 400 cases every year which makes us one of the bigger centres in the area. We’re also seeing an increased need of subpectoral pacemaker implantation, burying them a bit deeper, which previously meant patients were sent elsewhere for the procedure. Now, we have the set-up to do it here at the Countess of Chester Hospital in the Cath Lab with the Alphenix Sky. This is better for the patient as it potentially means a closer-to-home appointment. This is just one example of how by having the latest imaging equipment, we’re ready to seize new service opportunities that will improve patient experiences and outcomes into the future,” states Gareth Buckingham, Cath Lab Manager at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

“Having a new and productive pacing theatre adjoined to our cardiology day unit also really assists with our patient flow. We try and pace within 24 hours of referral as this is a ‘get it right first time’ objective for our region. A good, robust fixed C-arm has enhanced the image quality and quickened clinical interpretation. Improving quality was our aim, and this is what the Alphenix system has helped us deliver, adding further potential to keep evolving in tune with the future of healthcare,” adds Gareth Buckingham.

“The Canon Medical turnkey team was excellent to work with. The project was planned well in advance and collaboration with the wider hospital teams, such as IT networking, was superb. We had a good plan and kept on schedule, which was essential as we had to share any downtime with endoscopy or theatre,” concludes Gareth Buckingham.

“We have had a long relationship with the Countess of Chester Hospital and the enthusiasm of this Alphenix project has been fantastic as the hospital team embraced the new features, functionality, and versatility to tailor services for their patient cohort. We look forward to supporting them drive the dedicated pacing theatre forward and expanding the depth of work undertaken,” states Colin Murray, Account Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK.

Photo caption: Countess of Chester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has installed a new Alphenix Sky ceiling-mounted C-arm from Canon Medical Systems UK. Pictured (L to R): Polly Taylor, Senior Radiographer; Amber Clarke, Staff Nurse; Sian Jones, Staff Nurse; Helen Myers, Healthcare Assistant; Gareth Buckingham, Cath Lab Manager; Jeanette Lovatt, Staff Nurse; Dennis Caulfield, Consultant Cardiologist; Marc Ivison, Service Team Leader, Midlands & North at Canon medical Systems UK; Raquel Domingues, Clinical Cardiac Physiologist.

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UK’s first sustainable, carbon net-zero built community arena with multi-purpose sports facilities & integrated Medical Diagnostic Centre to improve health and wellbeing in South Yorkshire

Canon Medical Systems UK has announced a unique health and wellbeing collaboration with Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, BBraun Sheffield Sharks basketball franchise, PCA Ltd and The LivingCare Group. The new ‘Park Community Arena’ is anticipated to open in 2023 as the UK’s first affordable carbon net-zero built sports, healthcare and community arena featuring an integrated Medical Diagnostic Centre.

Based at the heart of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the new, sustainably built arena will offer a flexible sporting facility, featuring three full-size basketball courts, and designed to hold 2500 spectators. It will be the new home for the Sheffield Sharks and the Sheffield Hatters (women) professional basketball teams and the arena will be available to wider sporting, education, and community organisations. Working with local educational partners, it will establish a leading UK basketball academy and programme, serving the spectrum of elite to recreational basketball players. The flexible arena also offers huge potential for wider sporting, business, and community events and is set to play its role in boosting the region’s visitor economy collaborating with partners across Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to support research, innovation, education, and community participation.

To the north end of the arena, Canon Medical will open a Medical Diagnostic Centre to bring healthcare closer to people and boost access to health screening and disease prevention. This is in synergy with national health strategiesi to create ‘one-stop-shops’ for healthcare checks, scans and tests outside the traditional hospital environment to overcome Covid-19 pandemic backlogs, improve earlier diagnosis and contribute to NHS carbon net-zero ambitions by reducing patient journeys. It will be managed by LivingCare and be available to the wider community in conjunction with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System and local NHS providers. The Medical Diagnostic Centre will feature advanced Canon Medical imaging systems including AI-assisted CT and MRI, diagnostic ultrasound, digital X-ray and include consulting rooms, a minor surgery operating theatre and an Endoscopy suite. Bringing all these modalities together will be Canon Medical’s healthcare information technology augmented with machine learning and AI to improve productivity and accuracy of diagnosis.

The Medical Diagnostic Centre will provide the region’s first specialist Sports Diagnostic Imaging Centre that will translate elite-level health, injury, and rehabilitation learnings to routine clinical practice. This will enable early detection, prevention and faster rehabilitation for sports injury and illness, as well as provide pre-season medicals and sports injury services to professional, elite, semi-professional and committed athletes.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical UK states, “We are so excited to announce the Park Community Arena, a pioneering carbon net-zero built sports, healthcare and community arena for the people of South Yorkshire. It will increase affordable access to sports and community events and provide a home for the BBraun Sheffield Sharks and Hatters basketball teams to play, train and expand their valuable RESPECT and RESPECT TOO community outreach programmes for local young people.”

“The Medical Diagnostic Centre at the Park Community Arena will play a part in expanding healthcare capacity for local people where they can attend minor surgery appointments or have diagnostic scans and other tests as part of a health prevention and early detection programme. This close-to-the-community approach in a non-clinical environment will be better for people that may be anxious of hospitals or benefit from the excellent transportation links to the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park,” Mark Hitchman continues. “It will be an advanced healthcare facility featuring the latest Canon Medical innovations that are designed to deliver detailed diagnostic imaging to assist clinicians with confident and earlier diagnoses to improve the long-term health outcome for patients. It will also be a hub for our research and development teams working in cooperation with neighbouring academia to continue progress on developing healthcare innovations for the future.”

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Luke Minshall, Director of Strategy & Partnerships at LivingCare, states, “This is a great opportunity for the community of Sheffield to have its healthcare provision expanded and we are delighted to be involved. The Park Community Arena will provide a central and accessible location for general imaging referrals from professional sports clubs to health insurance companies as well as offering the NHS and its patients additional capacity for scans and imaging procedures closer to home.”

Yuri Matischen, Chairman of PCA Ltd and the Sharks, states, “Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is already synonymous with encouraging physical wellbeing, is home to 2000 pupils and students and has great transport links making it the ideal location for the community arena. It will provide the new permanent home for the Sharks and Hatters allowing basketball to transform and flourish, and be an accessible and inspirational home for other sports clubs from the area’s diverse communities. We are truly excited to be working with Canon Medical, LivingCare and all partners on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to extend the City’s sporting reputation and inspire young people to be physically active.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Co-Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee at Sheffield City Council adds, “We are proud to be working with our partners at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to create these exciting new facilities, which will provide world-class healthcare for local people and strengthen our communities. As well as providing a brand-new home for the Sheffield Sharks and creating another flexible events space for the city, these additions to Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park will boost the local economy – increasing footfall and bringing new opportunities to the surrounding areas. People of all ages will benefit from having a range of cutting-edge facilities right on their doorstep, as Sheffield leads the way in sustainable innovation and medical research.”

Richard Caborn, Chair of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, states, “Canon Medical has been a valued partner in the development of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park since day one. Its community ethos and engagement initiatives resonate with our Olympic legacy aims. The new Park Community Arena will further extend the health and wellbeing collaboration possibilities with our two Sheffield teaching hospitals, our university partners and elite sports facilities to create a flourishing international centre for diagnostic imaging located in the North of England.”

Photo caption 1: Zahira Naz, Co-Chair Finance Sub-Committee, Sheffield City Council, Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for City, Futures, Development, Culture and Regeneration, Sheffield City Council, Chris Low, Chief Executive, Olympic Legacy Park,Mark Hitchman, Managing Director, CMSUK, Armit Sidhu, CFO, Living Care, Richard Caborn, Chairman, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, Yuri Matischen, Director, PCA Limited, Steve Feldman, Director, Living Care, Ian Watson, Director of Commercial Solutions, CMSUK, Helen White, Managing Director, Living Care, Sarah Williams, Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Effectiveness, Living Care, Sarah Backovic, Managing Director, PCA Limited, Luke Minshall, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Living Care, Armit Sidhu, Finance Director, Living Care and Maiko Davison, Operations and Marketing Director, CMSUK.

Photo caption 2: The UK’s first sustainable, carbon net-zero built community arena with multi-purpose sports facilities & integrated diagnostic centre announced at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. The Park Community Arena will be developed by Canon Medical Systems UK.