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Go Live: PathoSys® live at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The PathoSys® cancer reporting and information management system is now up and running at the pathology laboratory in the newly developed super hospital on the Derby City General Hospital site, which is part of the Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Working together with the iSoft CILMS system using an interface developed by AES Medical (with technical assistance from iSoft and the staff at the Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) PathoSys provides both cancer dataset reporting as set out by the Royal College of Pathologists and rapid comprehensive auditing.

About The Trust

The Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the Derby City General Hospital (incorporating the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital), and the Nightingale Macmillan Continuing Care Unit.

The Trust is a Department of Health rated three-star Acute Trust providing a wide range of services including general medical, surgical, maternity, rehabilitation care and accident and emergency services. The Trust has a total of 1,157 beds and serve a population of over around 600,000 people in and around Southern Derbyshire.

The Trust employs 7,000 staff, from doctors and nurses to housekeepers and porters, with an annual budget of around £271million for the financial year 2005/6. This year the Trust will see and treat 162,000 people as inpatients, outpatients, emergency patients and day cases. This equates to around 638,000 visits from patients during the year.

The Trust is among the first to be awarded NHS Foundation Trust Status. The Trust became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1st July 2004 following approval of the application by the Secretary of State and the Independent Regulator. The Trust previously operated under the name of Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The New Derby City Hospital

The Trust is currently building a brand new £333million super hospital on the Derby City General Hospital site. The new hospital is due for completion in 2008 and will provide the very latest in modern health care. It will incorporate the existing Derby Medical School, which is run in partnership with the University of Nottingham.

A number of clinics, wards and departments will transfer across to the new hospital building in May 2006, when the first phase of the construction will be completed.

Go Live: PathoSys® at the Path Links pathology network

PathoSys® is now live at the Path Links pathology network. This followed an initial trial go-live in the summer followed by a pause to analyse workflow for PathoSys® , upgrade PathoSys and provide support for the Path Links developed WardV viewer. Part of this go live process has been the successful trialling of PathoSys® with Voice Recognition Reporting.


Path Links is a single managed service providing a full range of services across the whole of Greater Lincolnshire.

Supporting this is a single county-wide computer system links all sites and disciplines in Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Louth, Lincoln, Grantham and Boston laboratories.

A key benefit of the system is the provision of accurate and timely information on a wide variety of measures to support both operational and financial management and clinical audit.


In addition to the Pathology IT System, Path Links developed an electronic results reporting system (Ward V) as an interim replacement for results reporting systems. Taking design initiatives from clinical users. Ward V is a very simple and intuitive tool that represents a significant enhancement over previous systems. Ward V is fully operational and in extensive use across both Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust and the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The PathoSys® system went live in the Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust a year ago this month. This represents a years uninterrupted service at Yeovil District Hospital working together with the the widely used LabCentre laboratory system.

About Yeovil District Hospital

Yeovil District Hospital provides acute care, including Maternity Services, for a population of about 180,000, mostly in South Somerset, North and West Dorset, and parts of Mendip.

Each year more than 30,000 patients are admitted as inpatients or day cases; more than 90,000 people attend outpatient appointments; around 40,000 people are treated in Accident and Emergency, and some 1,300 babies are born in the Maternity Unit.

The organisation which runs the hospital was previously known as East Somerset NHS Trust.

CILMS interface developed

AES Medical has finished development & testing of the interface between the AES Medical PathoSys® and iSoft CILMS systems. We would like to thank both iSoft and Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for their assistance and co-operation throughout this project.


The iSoft CILMS system (formerly ACT Medisys CILMS) is a character based Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). PathoSys® provides electronic cancer dataset reporting as set out by the Royal College of Pathologists.

In addition, local printing from PathoSys® can provide an enhanced report output with a character based copy stored in the CILMS system for distribution.

AES Medical exhibition at the UKACR 2006

UKACR Annual General Meeting & Conference 2006 (in collaboration with The Netherlands Cancer Registry)
“The role of cancer registries in surveillance and cancer care”
18-20 October 2006, Amsterdam, Holland

About the conference

The United Kingdom Association of Cancer Registries meets annually to discuss developments in cancer registration, the role of registry information in cancer control and relevant research.

The event was held at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre, which consists of 11 exhibition halls with a total covered exhibition area of some 87,000 sq.m. In addition the facility has 22 conference rooms, seven restaurants and an underground car park for over 3,000 cars.

AES Medical at the UKACR conference.

In addition to our sponsorship of the conference and our free prize draw for the delegates, AES Medical exhibited the PathoSys® cancer reporting and information management system. The excellently run conference provided AES Medical the chance to demonstrate the unique advantages available to cancer registries when receiving data from pathology laboratories that have PathoSys® installed:

  • Structured data export, which removes the requirement for manual interpretation of pathology reports or inaccurate text analysis technology.
  • All data fields that make up the Royal College of Pathologists datasets can be selected by the user and then exported in a format and order specified by the user.
  • Potentially costly interfacing to the laboratory system, which often delivers limited data in differing formats, is no longer required.
  • As PathoSys® is laboratory system independent regular exports in a single format defined by the cancer registry can be sent from multiple laboratories with differing laboratory systems.
  • Upgrading and replacing the laboratory system will not interrupt the regular flow of data to the cancer registry.

AES Medical has regularly exhibited at the UKACR annual conference since 2001 and is proud to be able to support this event. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers and speakers for a very interesting and superbly organised conference.

AES Document Manager Released

Product Overview

The AES Medical document manager provides our customers with a centralised repository for their guidelines, standard operating procedures, Royal College of Pathologists documentation and reference works.

Utilising the PathoSys® server, the AES Document Manager is a web-based solution and consequently requires no additional hardware or client installation and has minimal support overheads.

The system allows the staff within the laboratory to manage the addition and deletion of documentation remotely from any workstation within the department.

PathoSys® integration

For ease of access, the document manager can be launched directly from PathoSys® providing the user online access to the documentation whilst they continue working with the PathoSys® cancer reporting system.

AES Medical exhibiting at UKACR Conference 2006

AES Medical will be exhibiting the PathoSys® cancer reporting and information management system between 18-20 October 2006 in Amsterdam at the United Kingdom Association of Cancer Registries (UKACR) Conference 2006. AES Medical has regularly attended the UKACR annual conference since 2001.

About the conference

The theme of the conference is “the role of cancer registries in surveillance and cancer care”. It will offer the opportunity to compare cancer registration in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands and to further collaboration between the two nations.

This year’s conference takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and is organised by the United Kingdom Association of Cancer Registries in collaboration with the Netherlands Cancer Registry, Association of Comprehensive Cancer Centres.

The Nine comprehensive cancer centres (CCC’s) in the Netherlands provide cancer patients and their families access to comprehensive and high-quality care as close to home as possible. They were set up to improve treatment, patient care and clinical research within the field of oncology.

The role of AES Medical

AES Medical has installations of the PathoSys® cancer reporting and information management system in the UK covering approximately 4.2 million inhabitants. PathoSys® provides fast and accurate export of comprehensive pathology cancer data. In practice this results in a reduced workload for the laboratory exporting the data and increased reliability, quality and accuracy for the recipient. AES Medical works together wherever possible with the cancer registries of our customers and potential customers to facilitate these benefits, both to our customers and the registries.

We would like to invite all interested parties attending the UKACR conference to visit us at our stand.

For further information on PathoSys and its benefits to laboratories/cancer registries please contact us either by telephone +44 (0) 1332 383 521 or contact us via the online feedback form.

HSD Training

AES Medical staff have recently returned from their annual staff training with HSD GmbH in Bremen. As part of our ongoing partnership agreement AES Medical staff train on the latest versions of HSD software on an annual basis.

About HSD

For 18 years, HSD has been known for its professional maintenance and facility management software. The products MT-DATA (Medical technology), BT-DATA (facility and operating technology) and MT/BT-DATA (combination program) have been proven successful in the German and international markets.

Seven years ago the product line was extended to include the Charge Documentation software. Charge Documentation was designed to document and track medical instruments through the sterilization process in Central Sterile Supplies Departments. Charge Documentation has been proven in the German markets (over 90% market share) and international markets (including Switzerland, Finland, Turkey and Sweden) as a safeguard for both patients and hospitals.

Our Partnership

AES Medical is proud to be the exclusive UK distributors of both these market leading products.

For further information or to arrange a demonstration of either product please do not hesitate to contact AES Medical.

Alternatively, a free demonstration of either product is available direct from HSD. To obtain your demonstration CD please send a short e-mail to or call HSD on +49 (0) 421 514 560.


AES supports BAE SYSTEMS FV430 Bulldog Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) desert trials held in Oman.

In addition to improved protection the improved Bulldog has a new engine and transmission which provides better performance and manoeuvrability.

Go Live: PathoSys® goes live at the Pennine Acute NHS Trust in 2 Months

The PathoSys® system has now produced its first reports at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. From the initial implementation meeting held between AES and the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to the first report being authorised has been only two months.

PathoSys® will initially provide reporting at The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital and Birch Hill Hospital (Rochdale). PathoSys® will continue to provide dataset cancer reporting once pathology services have been centralised at the £18 million ‘super-lab’ at the Royal Oldham Hospital. The building is due for completion in November 2007, and represents a key part of the move by the NHS to modernise pathology services across Oldham, Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton, Bury and North Manchester. The central Oldham lab will handle routine samples from both hospitals and GPs across the whole area, with urgent analysis done on site.

AES Medical would like to thank all the staff at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for playing their part in the rapid implementation of PathoSys across the trust. We regard this as a particularly successful project, which would not have been possible without the professionalism of the staff at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.