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Right Arrow New £800,000 MRI Scanner for Southport & Formby District General Hospital - PR/56/0405
18 March 2005 at 14:27
Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is to benefit from a £90 million Government programme to replace all MRI scanners over 10 years old. The Trust currently has a scanner based at Southport & Formby District General Hospital serving the whole of the Trust and this will be replaced by June this year.

The benefits of the new scanner are increased image quality, better resolution, faster scan times, a wider range of imaging techniques and enhanced diagnosis.

Because the scanner is a very large piece of equipment weighing around 4,000kg, a lot of work has to be done to remove the old one and install the new machine. This will mean a small amount of disruption for our patients, but we hope this will be kept to a minimum. While the work is being done to replace the scanner, a temporary mobile scanner is being brought in to work 8.00 am to 8.00 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 23rd March and 3rd June.

Patients will be contacted with all the details of the new arrangements.

Ann Cooke, Superintendent in the CT & MRI Scanning Department commented, “We hope patients will bear with us during the installation period and understand that the changes are for the good and will benefit patients.”

Notes to Editors

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk