A state-of-the-art room where a range of clinicians gather to discuss cases, examine test results and X ray images before deciding the best course of treatment for cancer patients has just been completed at Walsall Manor Hospital.
The MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team) room has had a much-needed £45,000 makeover which has been carried out following full consultation with the clinicians who need to use it.
It now boasts four flat screen TV screens, video conferencing kit and new desk tablets.
Dr Chander Shekhar, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust gastroenterology consultant, welcomed the improvements.
He said: “I recently participated in the Upper Gastro Intestinal Cancer MDT and really appreciated the new facilities.
“We would like to thank the Executive Team for this overdue technology update in the MDT room. Team members feel they have been listened to and this investment will mean more efficient decision-making.
“During the planning stage the Executive Team invited our views and I’m particularly pleased that the suggestion of providing tablets and extended screens for each participant in the MDT instead of four tablets to share among all users was taken on board. Now every participant in the MDT is able to look up electronic records, share images and actively engage in decision making in the meeting, a real shift from previous facilities.
“Everyone involved in its planning and execution – including our often forgotten IT department – should be congratulated!”
Daren Fradgley, Walsall Healthcare’s Director of Strategy & Improvement, added: “The MDT room had been in need of attention for some years and the success of this project is down to the invaluable input of our clinicians to help us ensure it meets requirements. It was a real team effort and another important improvement for the patients we support.”