NHS pilots thermal imaging technology to help keep hospital a Covid-free hub

Thermal imaging scanners are being used at Newton Abbot Hospital

Thermal imaging scanners are being used at Newton Abbot Hospital - Credit: Archant

The NHS and Plymouth University are working together in a pilot scheme using thermal imaging scanners on patients and staff entering Newton Abbot Community Hospital.

Early in the Covid-19 crisis it was identified that to maintain vital treatment regimes, some vulnerable patients would need to be moved from the acute hospital sites.

The NHS is starting to re-introduce services that were stepped down.

Newton Abbot Community Hospital was earmarked to provide these services and introduced many changes to working practices to reduce the risk of infection. The latest is the introduction of thermal scanning.

Morven Leggott, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust associate medical director, said: 'The first group of patients to transfer to Newton Abbot were cancer patients. We then extended the offer of space to other vulnerable patient groups or those where it was important that their treatment continued uninterrupted. We also felt it was vital to continue to be able to offer the minor injury unit service to the local population.'