Meet the team behind the images at Northampton General Hospital

From scans of broken bones to ultrasounds of unborn babies, the radiology team at Northampton General Hospital has a hugely varied role and is always at the heart of patient care.

Wednesday, 5th June 2019, 3:03 pm

But who are the people who create the images that help diagnose conditions or give the all-clear to thousands of Northampton patients? To read out more click here.

"I help patients avoid major surgery to help minimise the impact on them and their recovery. You need to be a qualified doctor and also a bit of a computer geek - a lot of what we do is computer based."
I can be helping patients get changed and ready for the scan, putting together a worklist for the radiographers, or even helping the PICC nurses put tubes in. I enjoy the patient interaction. You don't know what's coming through the door next.

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I ensure patients get where they need to be for their scan. The best bit is talking to people, and each job is different. On average, we walk 10-16 miles a day just around the hospital site. It's a very physical job, so you've got to be fit.
I began at NGH 37 years ago as a radiographer and I now mange 25 people. I manage the rota for the 2 MRI and and 3 CT scanners, and also help out scanning and cannulate. Radiology is a great place to work; there's always someone to help with problems and we all support one another.
I work in the main x-ray department, and at the GP walk-in service at Danetre Hospital. I'm also on call to cover urgent x-rays and scans from A&E. One of my roles is to flag up unexpected appearances. It's rewarding to see patients receive immediate benefits after interventional treatment.
We are split into obstetric and non-obstetric exams. The first part is screening for chromosomal and structural abnormalities in unborn babies at 12-14 weeks and 18-20 weeks. I monitor bookings and appointments, and the quality of images produced.
I manage the PICC service, including placing lines both in the treatment room and at patients' bedsides. A PICC line is a long, thin flexible tube inserted into a vein in the upper arm. It can be used to deliver chemotherapy, nutrition and IV. The whole radiology department is a supportive and friendly team.