DXA Successful Bids
The following 14 bids were awarded funding to develop and improve DXA scanning services in their areas.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust
This exciting new service will provide a mobile DXA scanning service to a population of 500,000 living in predominately rural communities. Five years of work locally had funded a vehicle and this grant will provide the DXA scanner and the staff to operate it. They have been awarded £412,000 over three years.
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
Gateshead has a population of 220,000 people with high levels of deprivation and low levels of economic activity. This scheme will establish a local service by upgrading a room to house a new DXA scanner and by funding the staff to run it for three years. The scheme will cost £298,195 over three years.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Mid Yorkshire Trust covers a population of 500,000 and currently has a poorly resourced and under utilised service and the Trust wishes to become a beacon site for turning around osteoporosis services. The Trust intends to fund a Fracture Liaison Nurse to identify patients at risk in fracture clinics and care of the elderly wards who will work with the radiology staff supported by this grant of £223,607 over three years.
Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust
The Centre for Metabolic Bone Disease provides a densitometry service at Hull Royal Infirmary. The local healthcare organisations have worked with a local osteoporosis charity, OSPREY, to develop plans for a mobile service to cover the rural areas where take up is low and the population of 1 million is thinly spread. OSPREY will fund the capital costs and the grant from the National Osteoporosis Society will complement it by funding staff costs. This brings together the clinical expertise and commitment in the NHS with charitable funding from two sources and develops a high quality service across four Primary Care Trusts. The funding required for this bid is £171,996 over three years.
North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust
This impressive bid will use the mobile scanning vehicle already commissioned by the National Osteoporosis Society and will provide a new service to 300,000 people in Widnes and Runcorn, an area of high deprivation. The mobile scanner will be transported to North Cheshire by early summer 2008. The grant will be for £341,249 over three years.
Llandudno General Hospital
The North Wales Bone Unit covers a population of 400,000 in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conway, Denbighshire and Flintshire. It already has an established osteoporosis service but a small increase in staffing within the unit would allow it to work more safely and efficiently. National Osteoporosis Society clinical advisors have worked with the Trust to ensure a sound staffing model at a cost of £52,525 over three years.
Ceredigion and Mid Wales NHS Trust
This established local service is based in Bronglais General Hospital and is part of an integrated service across primary and secondary care, social services and the voluntary sector. An electronic data base is required to streamline the assessment of patients, improve their clinical management and monitor the performance of the service. The cost is £7,108 over three years.
Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust
Hereford Hospital serves a predominately rural population in Herefordshire and neighbouring Powys. Patients currently travel up to an 80 mile round trip to their nearest scanning services. Funding for a DXA scanner and set up costs will allow a local service to be established, dramatically reducing the existing burden of patient travel. The funding amounts to £87,860 over three years.
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
North Warwickshire currently has a service to scan for osteoporosis but it uses peripheral DXA equipment which cannot be used to diagnose osteoporosis according to the World Health Organisation definition. The provision of a whole body DXA scanner at George Eliot Hospital will bring the service up to the required National Osteoporosis Society gold standard and allow it to meet current best practice guidance. This funding will be £72,640 over three years.
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
There is already a successful DXA service operating in the Mid Essex area and this proposal expands the DXA scanning department and establishes a fracture liaison service, staffed by specialist nurses. This will increase the number of people scanned and provide excellent advice and support to patients. The cost will be £133,061 over three years.
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust
East Kent needs to enhance its established service which is working at near capacity by providing an additional scanner in new accommodation. The scheme also provides the funding for some extra staff. It will cost £178,200 over three years.
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Surrey and Sussex Trust serves a population of 380,000 and is in a part of the country not well served for DXA scanning services. At East Surrey Hospital there is a DXA scanner but it shares accommodation with another machine and therefore cannot be used for much of the time. The service needs a room to be up-graded and the scanner to be permanently relocated. The funding is in place to staff the service five days a week. The funding required to up-grade the accommodation is £24,000 in year one.
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
West Dorset is predominantly rural and has an aging population. It has an established osteoporosis service but it does not have the staff to work the scanner efficiently. For a modest increase in staff the number of people being scanned would increase and waiting would be reduced to three weeks for routine referrals. Funding required is £88,310 over two years.
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
This Trust serves a population of 645,300 and this ambitious project will provide new mobile and hospital based services to the rural and aging population of the South West Peninsular. It will improve care for people who attend hospital with fractures and improve access for people in the community. The grant will be for £538,562 over three years.