Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Guildford, UK – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust today announced a seven-year managed service agreement to deliver on the Trusts' vision to set new standards of excellence for cardiac care in the UK and globally. The partnership will combine the latest innovations in technology for integrated cardiovascular solutions to deliver on the quadruple aim: better health outcomes, lower cost of care, and an improved experience for patients and staff. The service improvement program will support the co-design of new patient pathways and workflows, all with the aim of delivering the best care experience for patients.
"The Cardiology team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals are very proud of the quality of cardiac care we are able to deliver for our patients," said Dr Chris Pepper, Clinical Director for Cardiology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. "We see this partnership as a hugely exciting and positive opportunity to improve this further. We look forward to being able to provide state-of-the-art cardiac imaging as part of a highly efficient and forward-looking cardiology service for the people of Leeds and West Yorkshire. We also look forward to a positive and collaborative working relationship with Philips."
The agreement includes six fully featured interventional cardiac suites based on the Philips Azurion platform, including two specialized electrophysiology suites and a structural heart suite, as well as advanced patient monitoring and ultrasound systems. The Azurion platform provides an intuitive, seamless approach for minimally invasive procedures that will support Leeds' clinicians to focus on treating the patient, and its administrators as they strive to improve productivity and efficiency through intelligent resource management.
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Dr Pepper continued, "We are now working through the backlog of patients and other challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to keep services running and have been supported through our partnership with Philips including in reorganizing lab allocations and maintaining patient flow, which has been of substantial benefit. Our cath labs are an essential part of our operations, so when two of our systems recently needed urgent repair, we were happy that Philips was able to resolve the issues without impact on our daily workflow. Our state-of-the-art ultrasound systems have also helped us maintain efficiency after the first wave of COVID-19 patients and will help streamline and facilitate further recovery.