Beehive Solutions have been providing Community Ultrasound Services for the South West Essex PCT since April 2012.
The service is designed to provide local access for South East Essex GP referred patients, (those with an ultrasound examination request from a General Practitioner with in South East Essex); and reduce the pressures on local Acute Trusts hospital services.
As an NHS service, the provision is free of charge to the patient, with a fixed fee per patient being paid by the NHS:
Initially, the service was funded through the South-East Essex PCT. As part of the changes to the NHS brought about by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, Primary Care Trusts (PCT's) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHA's) ceased to exist on 31 March 2013. Their responsibilities were taken over by Clinical Commissioning Groups and the NHS Trust Development Authority.
By implementing this kind of community-based Ultrasound service; not only is high quality care preserved, but the patients experience reduced waiting times, more convenient appointment slots, reduced transport costs and faster turnaround back to their GP with the results. In addition, the service represents a considerable cost saving to the NHS as a whole, compared with purchasing similar services through the local hospitals.
The Ultrasound examinations are performed by qualified, highly experienced, Sonographers using top-of-the-range portable Ultrasound equipment in modern clinic facilities (generally GP Surgery Clinics). There is a Healthcare Asssitant on hand for support and to act as a patient Chaperone when needed.
The ultrasound equipment used throughout our South East Essex Ultrasound service represents the lastest technology available and is serviced and updated routinely to ensure continuity of results, We are currently utilising Mindray M7 and M5 Ultrasound Scanners.
The Ultrasound report will be sent back to the GP with in 48 hours. Indeed, it is often possible for the patient to leave the clinic with a copy of their Ultrasound report for delivery to the GP at their convenience.
Where required, the Sonographer has access to Consultant Imaging Staff to reveiw results, clarify findings and provide additional imaging options.
Download an Ultrasound Request Form
Beehive Solutions, under whom the South East Essex Community Ultrasound Service is performed, is registered with the Care Quality Commission and our CQC approved protocols and procedures ensure all patients receive the best possible quality of care.
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or download Beehive Solutions' latest CQC Inspection report.