The NNUHFT Radiology Department is one of the major diagnostic departments in the Hospitial, undertaking more than 400,000 examinations per year. With over 400 staff working in Radiology (Radiologists, Radiographers, Assistants, Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Practitioners and Administration/Secretarial staff), the Department is a very busy one.
The Imaging Department at Cromer District Hospital provides plain film X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound, Breast Screening and Bone Densitometry (DXA) services.
The Interventional Radiology Unit was recognised as a BSIRQI (British Society of Interventional Radiology Quality Initiative) Exemplar site in 2016, which evidences that the Department provides a high quality service in areas such as scope of services, good quality care, patient focus and service improvement. For more information, visit the BSIRQI website.
Services offered within the Radiology Department include:
- Interventional Radiology (IRU);
- Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab);
- CT (Computerised Tomography) scanning;
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging);
- Ultrasound (general, antenatal and vascular scanning);
- Plain Film X-ray (referred from GPs, hospital clinics and for inpatients), including a walk-in service for chest X-rays;
- Plain Film X-ray (Emergency Department);
- Plain Film X-ray (dental);
- Fluoroscopic procedures (barium studies);
- DXA (Bone Densitometry);
- Breast Imaging & Screening.
The Trust, including the Cromer District Hospital site, utilises the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), a digital imaging display and storage system. This enables images to be viewed anywhere in the hospital, so that doctors and healthcare professionals have easy access to the imaging examinations they have requested.
All X-ray and scan requests are made electronically on a system called ICE. This allows Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists and other non-medical referrers both in the Trust and from GP surgeries to refer you easily and quickly for your imaging investigation.
Your X-ray or scan images will be looked at by reporting Radiologists, Radiographers or Sonographers. These reports are sent electronically via the ICE system to the healthcare professional or Doctor who referred you.
If you have been referred by your GP or Consultant, you will be contacted either by phone or letter to be given an appointment. We aim to give you an appointment within 6 weeks for routine X-rays and scans, and within 2 weeks for urgent X-rays or scans (NB: sometimes our Radiologists may change the priority of your examination depending on the clinical information given to us by your doctor).
For most imaging examinations, you will also receive a text message 3-4 days before your appointment, reminding you of the appointment location, date and time. For some examinations, we will be trialing informing you of the financial impact of missed appointments (from 25th February 2019). Please see our FAQs for further information.
You may also have your X-ray or scan on the same day you see your Consultant for a consultation. This depends upon the nature of the X-ray or scan, as well as availability of scanners and appointment slots. All requests are prioritised on clinical urgency, and you will always be given the soonest appointment possible. Click here for more information on our One-Stop Clinics.
The Radiology Department also supports the Inpatient and Theatre teams. Surgeons perform certain operations under X-ray guidance. Your Consultant should explain this to you.
The Department is active in research studies.