Bishop Auckland MP,
Helen Goodman, has visited Bishop Auckland Hospital to see
for herself the new state of the art MRI scanner that is now
The scanner is one of two new MRI scanners at County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, the other, at Darlington Memorial
Hospital, was also recently installed and will be in use from the
end of May.
Helen Goodman MP, said, "I'm delighted that in the midst
never-ending cuts to hospital budgets and services, we're seeing
some positive development at Bishop Auckland Hospital. I'm really
proud of the work that has been done to bring this MRI scanner to
our town; a lot of people will benefit from shorter journeys to
appointments and faster diagnoses."
Rob Goddard, associate director of governance, clinical
specialist services at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation
Trust, said, "Modern scanners play an important part in
helping our Consultants diagnose and determine treatment plans for
what can be life threatening or life limiting conditions, including
many types of cancer and heart disease. Previously patients
may have had to undergo exploratory and sometimes invasive surgery
to support the diagnostic process. This advanced technology, which
provides detailed and high quality images, will help reduce many
such interventions, improving the patient experience.
"Not everyone realises that MRI scans take between 30 and 40
minutes which is a long time to lie still, but our new scanners
have wider tunnels, known as 'bores' and are much quieter than
older models. Patients can also choose from a selection of
lighting programmes which change during the scan. All of this
leads to a much improved patient experience. In the past,
children and some adults required sedation or a general anaesthetic
in order to tolerate being scanned, but we're finding this is now
much less likely. This not only means reduced risks to the
patient, an anaesthetic is avoided but also saves hospital beds,
traditionally required for recover."
The trust will continues with a fundraising campaign until the
end of 2018, as both scanners have been installed early, thanks to
manufacturer Philips, who have deferred payment until the end of
Rob Goddard, said, "We've been amazed and very touched by the
generosity of local people who have donated to our Appeal.
Individuals, groups, associations and local businesses have all
stepped-up, recognising the huge benefits these scanners will
bring. It's important that this generosity and fundraising
continues throughout 2018."
Published 22nd May 2018
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham