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One Year on: GE Healthcare’s Olympic Polyclinic Tech Now Takes Pride of Place in London’s Hospitals

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As the Sainsbury Anniversary Games took place on 26-28th July, the equipment provided by GE Healthcare in 2012 are now leaving their own legacy by serving the people of London to diagnose and plan medical treatments.

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The Polyclinic was a facility situated in the Olympic Village that was built for London 2012 and offered access to GE imaging technology, including the LOGIQ E9 that can assist medical staff diagnose even minor injuries as early as possible.

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GE Healthcare’s involvement in the 2012 Summer games built on its presence in 2008 in Beijing. The company’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games dates back to 2006 and the Winter Olympics in Torino.

One year on from the London Olympics, the city recently welcomed back Olympians Usain Bolt, Mo Farrah and many others who made the 2012 Summer games one of the most memorable. As these competitors returned to participate in the Sainsbury Anniversary Games 26-28th July, much of the medical equipment provided by GE Healthcare in 2012 continues to leave its own legacy in serving the people of London by helping clinicians diagnose and plan medical treatments.

Since its use in the Polyclinic, the imaging equipment provided by GE has been purchased by InHealth, a provider of diagnostic and healthcare solutions to the NHS for use in and around the NHS hospitals that serve the citizens of London.* Already, a MR750w scanner has been fitted at the InHealth Vista Centre, a facility in Waterloo where GPs can refer patients for aid in injury diagnosis and medical conditions.

Richard Bradford, CEO of the InHealth commented earlier this year, ‘We are delighted that InHealth has had the opportunity to purchase the equipment used to treat Olympians and Paralympians at the London 2012 Polyclinic. The equipment is state-of-the-art with advanced imaging capabilities and we can ensure that it will be used in health services that benefit the local community.’

As an official partner of the London Summer Olympic Games, GE played an important part in contributing healthcare equipment and technology that tended to the Olympic and Paralympic athletes during the competitions.

The Polyclinic was a facility situated in the Olympic Village that was built for London 2012 and offered access to GE imaging technology, including two MRI scanners, a CT scanner (Discovery 750HD CT), a digital x-ray system and ultrasound scanners (VENUE 40 and LOGIQ E9) that provide images that can assist medical staff diagnose even minor injuries as early as possible.

GE Healthcare also supplied a number of the ECG diagnosis systems (MAC 5500 ECG system) to help clinicians monitor, analyze and interpret heart rhythms as well as the Centricity RIS/PACS system that helped the medical staff manage medical images and clinical data.

The polyclinic was the result of a collaboration with the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), which provided up to 22,000 athletes and team officials access to healthcare services during the Olympics and Paralympic games.

GE Healthcare’s involvement in the 2012 Summer games built on its presence in 2008 in Beijing, where the equipment supplied helped support medical staff in approximately 21,500 medical encounters which included more than 450 x-rays, 440 MRI scans and 320 ultrasound scans. The company’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games dates back to 2006 and the Winter Olympics in Torino.

In addition to the technology supplied to the Olympic Polyclinic, GE Healthcare also provided ultrasound systems in Weymouth (Sailing) Eton Dorney (Rowing), and the Greenwich (Equestrian).

Provisions were also made for the general public, as 200+ defibrillators were located at different venue sites in case of emergency. Additionally, the company also provided a legacy gift to the local community in East London in the form of £4.5 million of healthcare technology for a new neonatal unit at the official Olympic hospital – Homerton University Hospital, opened in December 2010.

This is designed to help tackle the local problem of high levels of mortality among new born and premature babies.

GE Healthcare’s involvement in athletics continues as they provide sponsorship of the British Triathlon Federation (BTF). GE Healthcare have been working closely with the athletes and the team’s Performance Director to help the members of the elite team achieve gains in performance and enhance their prospects of winning medals at future athletic meetings.

* – The GE Healthcare equipment purchased by the InHealth Group included a GE Discovery MR750w wide bore 3T MRI scanner, an Optima MR450w wide bore 1.5T MRI scanner, two VENUE 40 ultrasound machines, one LOGIQ E9 ultrasound system, one Dinamap Carescape V100, three Dash 2500 monitors and one Discovery XR656 digital radiography X-ray system. (All product names are a trademark of General Electric Company).