Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of Yorkshire’s leading acute Trusts consisting three main hospital sites and employing over 6,000 members of staff in clinical, medical and corporate roles.
As one of only six teaching hospitals in Yorkshire, the Trust has a crucial role to play in the provision of medical training for students, practising clinicians and healthcare workers. the Trust wanted to ensure the facilities in the Education Centre Lecture Theatre matched the quality of the high-profile guest speakers, training and events hosted in the space.
Challenges with the sound, connectivity and image quality, meant that the experience of presenters within the Lecture Theatre was not always as clean and straightforward as the staff at the Education Centre would like. The imminent transition of the Trust from the N3 to HSCN network presented a further complication as provision needed to be made to ensure the Centre’s video conferencing system would remain available post-network-transfer.
As a result, it was decided to invest in the upgrade of the audiovisual facilities within the Lecture Theatre and after a competitive tender and consultative approach with selected integrators, Pure AV was appointed to design, install and support the new facilities.
One of the first areas to be addressed by the upgrade was the ability for Centre Staff to provide technical support during conferences.
The addition of a new custom Quadra workstation at the back of the theatre enabled the relocation and upgrade of control and switching equipment and the creation of an AV technician’s desk from which to manage events.
To improve the audience experience, whether remote or within the lecture theatre, the core presentation equipment was upgraded. New Epson laser projectors now provide enhanced brightness and High Definition image quality with the flexibility to operate the main presentation screen as a dual-screen or one single large image.
Alongside the upgrade to the projectors, the introduction of a new system for audio distribution and amplification has resolved previous issues with audio coverage and ensures there is even coverage across the Lecture Theatre.
The process of lecture capture and live streaming has been simplified and improved through the introduction of the Extron SMP351. The Extron solution offers the capability to record and stream simultaneously and offers sizeable local storage to enable quick editing before the transfer of recorded content onto the Trust’s intranet.
Video conferencing plays a central role in the training and conferences that take place within the Lecture Theatre and with the Trust’s imminent transfer from the N3 to new HSCN network, it was essential to maintain access to those capabilities. In preparation for that moment, a new Starleaf video conferencing system was also introduced and seamlessly ‘piggy-backed’ to the VC and Presentation solution.
Improvements to the facilities have not gone unnoticed by room users as Sarah Fariclough, Education, Technology & Resource Officer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust explains;
The annual ENT masterclass held at the Centre was the first real test of the new facilities, and I’m pleased to say it passed with flying colours. The conference is a flagship event for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. This year, the improvements in facilities were widely recognised, and I feel proud to be able to offer such a fantastic environment for our clinicians and medical professionals.
As for the support from Pure AV throughout the project, the feedback from the team at the Trust is glowing;
We received fantastic support from Pure AV throughout this installation. The Account Manager and Project Manager were always quick to respond to any of my queries. No issue was ever too big and Pure AV accommodated alterations to the original specifications without any issues.”