About this service
The Radiology department provides a wide range of diagnostic imaging services and is available on both hospital sites.
Diagnostic imaging is a core serviceat the trust playing an extensive role in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and also the identification of skeletal abnormalities.
We have excellent radiology departments at Warrington Hospital, Halton General Hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre.
Diagnostic Radiographers - employ a range of techniques to produce high quality images to diagnose an injury or disease. They are responsible for providing safe and accurate imaging examinations and often also the resultant report.
Radiologist – is a doctor (consultant) who specialises in interpreting diagnostic images such as x-rays and scans and performing certain types of investigation or treatment that rely on imaging techniques.
Specialist Nurses - provide excellent quality nursing care for patients undergoing procedures in the radiology department
Sonographers - provide a high quality diagnostic service using ultrasound
Assistant Practitioners - are trained to take X-rays under the supervision of radiographer
Radiology Department Assistants, porters and a range of administration staff are also incredibly important to the organisation of the radiology department.
Telephone: 01925 662449
We use a PACS. A Picture Archiving and Communication System enables images acquired within the Radiology department to be stored electronically and viewed by clinicians across the trust on each of our sites. This means that your images are available where and when the need to be for each of your appointments, or when you are staying on one of our wards.
Using a PACS helps to transform your experience of care with us in a number of ways, these include:
Almost instant availability of your previous imaging available for all your appointments and inpatient stays.
Reduced waiting times for results, with the ability of prioritising urgent results.
Fewer wasted appointments and operations postponed due to non-availability of images.
Lost or poor quality images are rare due to the advanced processing techniques and storage mechanisms/availability.
The need for repeat images is reduced and therefore you benefit from a lower radiation dose.
Potentially quicker discharge from hospital and better care planning resulting from easier access to images and test results.
Our current PACS enables sharing of images outside of the Trust. This means that when needed, we can access your previous digital images to improve your care. For example, it would allow an A&E department to access a specialist opinion from anywhere in the region and in due course any acute trust in England as well as primary care and community settings. All of this allows for a better patient outcome and experience.
Visit the Society of Radiographers website – www.sor.org
For information on practical training or if you wish to visit the Radiology department to find out if it is the career for you contact;
Department of Radiology
Or telephone 01925 635911 ext 2247
We see a range of patients from GP surgeries, the Accident and Emergency department, hospital clinics and in-patient wards.