Public Sector Roundup: SMS for cancer screenings

SMS to boost breast cancer screenings

Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust


Virginia Patania, practice manager at the Jubilee Place Practice, said: "We will be using the text messaging system for breast screening appointment reminders in the coming weeks... We are looking forward to the opportunity of providing an innovative service that aims to increase the effectiveness of the breast screening programme."

Wycombe signs $4.5 million managed service contract

Wycombe District Council

Northgate Information Solutions

The firm already provides the council with citizen relationship management and revenue systems, but will now also provide and manage desktop and mobile working support for 650 employees.

Councillor Helen Wilkinson, Wycombe District Council Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said: "Wycombe District Council is committed to providing the best services for its staff and citizens by adopting innovative practices and new approaches to our work."

Public sector bodies get disaster recovery

Knowledge IT

ntl Telewest Business

A dedicated high-speed fibre will link up three sites across the region, letting customers - including Durham City Council, Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue - relocate their physical offices and continue working in the case of disaster.

"The majority of businesses don't plan for IT failures and yet these events are becoming more common and the threat to business continuity is very real. Knowledge IT aims to ensure that its customers do not suffer any down time in the event of a disaster," said Kevin McAndrew, technical director, knowledge IT.