» West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust Achieve ISAS Accredited Status

25 May, 2011

West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust has become the fifth diagnostic imaging service provider in the UK to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) Standard. The trust’s accreditation covers its diagnostic imaging services that are delivered across three sites and includes: radiography, ultrasound, mammography, CT, MRI, therapeutic radiology procedures, PACS, radiology nursing.

Founded in 1832, the Trust serves a population of approximately 275,000 covering Thetford in the north, Sudbury in the south, Newmarket to the west and Stowmarket to the east and has around 480 hospital beds for patients.

Paul Stennett, Chief Executive, UKAS presented Stephen Graves, Chief Executive, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust with their ISAS certificate and said: ‘I commend all the diagnostic imaging staff that worked so hard to achieve this ISAS award, an immense achievement to be proud of. By satisfying the rigorous requirements of the ISAS Standard and other UKAS accreditation conditions, you have demonstrated a commitment to West Suffolk Hospital Trust’s core values. Congratulations to you all.”

On accepting the certificate Stephen Graves also commended the staff at the hospital and said: “We strive to provide high quality care to our patients each and every day. Organisations such as UKAS play an important role in that by coming and reviewing the systems we have in place to ensure that we are delivering the best that we possibly can. I would like to thank everybody for their work on achieving this accreditation, which provides additional assurance to everyone using the hospital that they are receiving high quality, safe and effective services.”

Nigel Beeton, Imaging Services Manager, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust, concluded by adding: “We are very proud of this certificate as it says two key things about our service. Firstly, that we are a real team, with staff of all grades and duties all pulling together to help achieve the accreditation. It was an exercise in teamwork and a service-wide effort which has given UKAS, our managers, commissioners, visitors and patients confidence that our service consistently meets high standards. Secondly, and most importantly, it proves that the service we provide is truly patient-focused, and underlines that we as a Trust have a consistent approach to putting our patients first.

West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust follows the success of four other diagnostic imaging service providers: Cobalt Unit Appeal Fund (Cheltenham Imaging Centre); 4 Ways Healthcare Ltd; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.