Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK has signed a seven-year managed service agreement with health technology firm Royal Philips for cardiac care.

The partnership is intended for integrated cardiovascular solutions, which will enable better health outcomes and patient experience, along with lower cost of care.

As part of the service improvement programme, the partners will jointly design new pathways and workflows for patients.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Cardiology clinical director Dr Chris Pepper said: “We look forward to being able to provide state-of-the-art cardiac imaging as part of a highly efficient and forward-looking cardiology service for the people of Leeds and West Yorkshire.”

The deal covers six interventional cardiac care suites based on the Philips Azurion platform, including two electrophysiology suites, a structural heart suite, advanced patient monitoring and ultrasound systems.

Designed for minimally invasive procedures, the Azurion platform is intended to support Leeds’ clinicians in treating patients and administrators in boosting productivity and efficiency.

Philips UK & Ireland general manager Neil Mesher said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown what we can achieve when we combine our collective resources to combat an urgent, complex challenge.

“It’s with this spirit that we look forward to working side-by-side with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to improve the region’s cardiac health.”

Leeds Cardiac Clinical Services Unit caters to more than 25,000 patients annually. It is said to deliver specialist cardiology services to a regional population of more than 5.4 million across West Yorkshire, UK.

In April this year, Philips partnered with Flex and Jabil to accelerate the production of its hospital ventilators and bolster global supply.