Patients at Bishop Auckland Hospital can now benefit from the
first of two new state of the art MRI scanners coming to County
Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust as part of an on-going
major public fundraising campaign.
The scanner has been installed whilst fundraising continues
throughout 2018, thanks to manufacturer Philips who have deferred
payment until the end of the year.
Dr Elizabeth Loney, Consultant Radiologist and Care Group
Director for Clinical Specialist Services, said, "I'm delighted
that our patients can now benefit from this innovate technology at
Bishop Auckland Hospital and look forward to the installation of
our Darlington Memorial Hospital scanner too, once building work to
accommodate it is completed during the spring. 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 an anaesthetic is avoided but also saves hospital beds,
traditionally required for recover.
"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.
One of the first patients to benefit from the new Bishop
Auckland scanner was seven year old Warren Hubble, from Sacriston.
Warren's dad, Wayne Hubble, explains, "Children often need to have
a general anaesthetic ahead of an MRI scan and when they told me
how long Warren would need to lie still, I thought he would need an
anaesthetic. However the radiographer talked to Warren,
explained what was going to happen and let him choose his own
lighting options. Warren loved the lights and the way they changed
and, because the scanner was so quiet, the Radiographer was able to
talk to him through a speaker throughout the scan. Amazingly,
Warren lay completely still for the full 30 minutes, which I don't
think would have been possible with one of the older scanners. I'm
so pleased he didn't need an anaesthetic or even
Published 20th February 2018
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital