Consultant in Radiology Dr Alex Durran undertook a detailed analysis of the care provided by the team at the RCHT. This information was scrutinised by the BSIR, resulting in the department being awarded ‘exemplar status’ for the second time in five years.
Dr Durran explains: “We first secured exemplar status in June 2015 and since that time we have continued to deliver high quality care to our patients. Now, through further evaluation of our services, we have revalidated ourselves once again. Since our previous achievement we have further expanded the services available. The IR nurses, in addition to their role in vascular access for the hospital, now provide a safe and efficient paracentesis service. We have also successfully repatriated some of the interventional liver cancer treatments from Derriford Hospital and have improved access for the insertion of implantable Port devices used for the delivery of chemotherapy.”
“We are an enthusiastic, multi-professional team of committed nurses, doctors and radiographers”, continues Dr Durran. “Without all of us working together and sharing resources collaboratively none of this development and success would’ve been possible. As a team we continue to provide a 24/7 service to the hospital and are available to treat life threatening haemorrhage and sepsis with minimally invasive techniques. There is a national shortage of interventional radiologists and this service is often not available at acute hospital Trusts across the UK, so we are all very proud to be able to deliver an exemplar IR service to the population of Cornwall.”