As part of a specific rolling programme to replace or upgrade the Department of Health’s radiology equipment, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner at Noble’s Hospital is to be converted to a more up to date model for the benefit of patients undergoing this examination.
To ensure continuation of the MRI service during the conversion period and in order to minimise disruption, a mobile MRI scanner has been commissioned and will be sited close to the Radiology Department at Noble’s Hospital from early February. The mobile unit will be in use for approximately six weeks whilst the conversion of the permanent scanner takes place.
Patients who have an appointment for an MRI scan during the upgrade period are asked to attend Radiology as outlined in their appointment letter and they will be escorted to the mobile scanner by a member of the Radiology team.
The mobile scanner has the same imaging capabilities as the current scanner and therefore most types of MRI scans can be undertaken during this period. The van is equipped with a lift to enable access for wheelchair patients and assistance from staff members will also be available.
The upgrade is part of Government’s capital programme, which means that the cost of the upgrade will not impact the Department’s annual budget, with funding for health services unaffected. The cost of the upgrade is £550,000 and the converted scanner will enable Noble’s Hospital to produce a greater range of images with improved image quality, both of which will assist in providing a comprehensive diagnosis. Additionally, scanning times will be able to be reduced if a patient’s condition determines it, without detriment to their diagnosis.
Minister for Health, David Anderson MHK, said: “This is a considerable investment in the Island’s Health Service, and all the more significant given the financial challenges facing the Government. But the enhancements this upgrade will bring are vital. There is an increasing reliance on diagnostic testing, whether it’s in a pathology lab or radiology, and ensuring that we have up to date equipment is crucial in providing high quality care, on-Island, for our community.
“I would like to apologise in advance to MRI patients for any inconvenience they may experience during this time and would like to thank them for their patience during the conversion period.”