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Radiology Nursing Service

The Nursing Service Area incorporates a team of six nurses, headed by the lead nurse who covers the Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary x-ray departments.  Individual working hours vary from full time (37.5 hours) to 24 hours per week.  The nurses mainly work between 8am and 5pm, though working days are frequently extended to ensure patients are effectively cared for until they leave the department.

An on-call service is provided for acute cases on a Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 5pm

The nurses are professionals, with specialist skills and knowledge within this area of nursing and work alongside the consultant radiologists and radiographers as part of the multidisciplinary team.  The nurses also have close contact with staff on wards and outpatient areas, aiming for excellent continuity of patient care.

The nursing role in radiology

The nurses perform a wide & varied role within the department, however their priority is provision of nursing care for patients undergoing any type of radiological procedure, particularly of an interventional nature, where more nursing care is required.  Examples of such interventional procedures include: 

  • Coronary Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Biopsies

A different area of the nurse’s role is assisting radiologists or specialised radiographers with certain procedures, by acting as a ‘scrub assistant’.  The nurse is this case also acts as the patient’s advocate.

The nurses strive to be proactive in ensuring that nurse orientated best practice guidelines are introduced, and adhered to, and that the departments follow regulations with regard to items such as: 

  • Infection Control
  • Risk Management
  • Resuscitation legislation

Who to contact to find out more

The nursing team can be contacted on the following number for information or advice: HRI 01484 342500.

Meet the team

Many of our nurses have worked within radiology for many years, and have therefore built up a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The more experienced nurses have been able to support to the newer members of the team i.e. two of the nurses have undertaken a course at University to become qualified mentors and assessors of student nurses, and it is these two members of the team that provide the main support for student nurses on placement in the department. The other nurses work as associate mentors.

All the nurses have areas of particular interest, where they are representatives for the department, for example, we have an infection control link nurse who is able to bring specialist knowledge and hospital information back to the nursing team and multidisciplinary team.