30th September 2021

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on corticosteroid injection services

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the clinical practices of MSK radiologists in the UK. A National Survey of Members of the British Society of Skeletal Radiologists (BSSR) highlights the rapid response of its members as national guidelines evolved. Currently, the majority of respondents are performing CSI…
31st August 2021

A groundbreaking project to provide additional capacity for endoscopy procedures

This project has been developed by the Greater Manchester Elective Reform Programme, Vanguard Healthcare Solutions and 18 Week Support to provide additional capacity for endoscopy procedures by creating and operating a dual procedure endoscopy suite based at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury. During its first six months,…
30th July 2021

Gastroenterology Today – Summer Edition

In the summer edition of Gastroenterology Today, Dr. Mathew Banks explains the importance of Continuous Learning in Endoscopy. This Life-long learning approach is important as it furthers technical skills, disease diagnosis and management, decision making, recognition and avoidance of complications, as well as non-technical skills and ongoing care. 18 Week…
30th June 2021

Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Awards Finalist

18 Week Support, in the partnership with Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Care UK, has been recognised as finalists for the Local Covid-19 Response Partnership Award presented at the HSJ Partnership Award 2021 ceremony in London on 29th June 2021. This award celebrates the creation of…
28th May 2021

Quality Metrics - April 2021

18 Week Support prides itself on providing the highest quality of care to its patients. We employ staff who are at the top of their game in their specialties and go the extra mile for their patients. The following information offers a snapshot of our quality metrics and demonstrates our…
23rd April 2021

Welcome to the Team18 App!

We are very excited to announce that we have launched the new 18 Week Support community app – Team18! Our community app for all team members; we wanted to create a hub for everyone to engage with their teammates, while being your one-stop shop for everything 18 Week Support. We…
26th March 2021

Gastroenterology Today - Spring Edition

In last Autumn’s edition of Gastroenterology Today, we commenced a short series of articles looking at how new technologies could replace endoscopy to achieve quicker and cheaper diagnoses. This is a key requirement at the present time given the impact of Covid on diagnostic as well as treatment waiting times. Indeed, the latest NHS…
2nd March 2021

Average utilisation exceeds 90% across all Endoscopy contracts!

We are very proud to share a highlight in the month of February, when we exceeded 90% utilisation across all Endoscopy contracts week commencing 15th February. During especially challenging times, we continue to strive for the best results for our partner Trusts and ultimately the patients that we are treating.
26th January 2021

The Mobile Endoscopy Unit at Fairfield General Hospital

We are proud to share a recent article in The Bury Times, featuring our Mobile Endoscopy Unit partnership at Fairfield General Hospital. With Vanguard Healthcare, we are able to safely provide Endoscopy procedures via the innovative mobile unit, and it has been a great success so far. The Unit The…
5th January 2021

COVID-19: Risk Management - Keeping our patients & staff safe

At 18 Week Support, we continue to work with trusts and NHS England to help minimise the adverse consequences of COVID-19 on clinical capacity decisions for patients on urgent non-COVID-19 pathways. A number of our trusts are working with our clinical teams to agree support plans for the coming weeks…