Carestream, Rochester, NY, obtained preferred bidder status to supply Cheshire and Merseyside National Health Service (NHS) Consortium, UK, with a picture archiving communication system (PACS).

When its existing contracts for PACS and radiology information systems expired, Informatics Merseyside facilitated a consortium of 11 independent NHS Trusts to source the provision of replacement PACS systems. Members of the Consortium, who operate fifteen sites across the Cheshire and Merseyside area, perform a total of 1.35 million radiology examinations each year.

Subject to successful conclusion of contracts, each of the participating Trusts will award 11 individual five-year managed service contracts for PACS with the option to extend for another five years. Installation will commence in early 2013.