Patients are set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art CT scanner that has been installed at Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital.
The £700k investment has enabled the replacement of an old scanner, which was installed over 10 years ago, and had become increasingly unreliable.
The investment is part of the Trust’s Radiology equipment replacement programme, which will ensure that new, reliable and more efficient equipment is installed to improve the quality of the service the Trust provide to patients.
A computerised tomography (CT) scan uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body such as the internal organs, blood vessels and bones.
Dr Richard Robinson, Head of Clinical Service for Radiology, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Demand for imaging has increased significantly in the last five years by 10% year on year. CT scanning is crucial to support the speedy treatment for critically ill patients who attend, for example following a stroke or trauma.
“In addition, CT scanning is often a crucial part of making a cancer diagnosis. This investment will help us to ensure that we enable the treatment of patients to take place quickly.”
Pre-installation work has been taking place over the last six weeks, during which some patients requiring a CT scan have been seen at the Trust’s other hospital sites.
Dr Robinson added: “I would like to apologise to our patients for any inconvenience they may have experienced over the last few weeks and thank them for their patience.”
The new CT scanner was opened by staff member Sara Potter (pictured sixth from the left), who was nominated by colleagues to cut the ribbon and open the new scanner as part of a Radiology department competition.
Alison Grundy, Director of Operations – Families and Clinical Support, said: “Investment in our CT scanners is very welcomed. The period of replacement has seen some operational challenges and I would like to thank our staff, and staff from our partner organisations, the ambulance service in particular, for their support during the transition.”