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Symphony™ Patient Transport System enhances and simplifies patient transport and transfer at NNUH

The cutting-edge Symphony™ Patient Transport System is a fully integrated system for the seamless and stable transfer of patients between imaging and treatment. Since its introduction at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the Symphony™ has improved patient comfort, maximised workflow efficiencies, and minimised the risk of manual handling injuries by utilising a low-friction air bearing to transition patients from one modality to another; eliminating the need to lift the patient manually, and requiring only two members of staff.

“We use the Symphony for all of our cervical brachytherapy patients, and it has definitely improved the quality of care that we provide to our patients,” says Katie Cooper, Macmillan Consultant Radiographer (Brachytherapy) at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. “The Symphony has enabled us to significantly reduce the number of transfers required per patient, reducing the associated pain, and it has also minimised applicator movement improving the planning and treatment reproducibility.”

Pictured (prior to Covid-19 restrictions) are Katie Cooper, Macmillan Consultant Radiographer (Brachytherapy), Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Buddy Ports, Manufacturing Technology Manager, Qfix

The Symphony™ has been developed by Qfix™ to aid in the setup, positioning and transfer of patients for imaging, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy and other procedures requiring patient transfers. With motorised height adjustment, including a memory function, the Symphony™ will align with all imaging and treatment tables. A clever steering and braking system and ergonomic trolley handles allow the system to be manoeuvred easily and comfortably through hallways and doorways.

Symphony™ transfer devices are homogeneous, low or non-artifacting and low attenuating for superior imaging, simulation and treatment.

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