State-of-the-art £8 million MRI suite in Grimsby to be officially opened today
The new state of-the-art £8 million MRI suite in Grimsby at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital will be officially opened today by local dancing legend Joanne Clifton.
The facility has doubled the hospital’s scanning capacity, allowing specialist clinicians to see patients and diagnose conditions more quickly.
Construction of the facility began in February last year and took 14 months in total to complete.
Dr Peter Reading, the Chief Executive of NLAG, said: “I am delighted that our new MRI suite is now complete and we’re able to offer a vastly improved service to our communities.
“Our previous scanner was 15 years old and we often had to bring in a mobile scanner to site to help to meet demand.
“With these two new Phillips scanners permanently on site, we will be able to see you more quickly, reduce waiting times and get you the diagnosis you need to be able to start treatment.
“We know how important it is for you to be treated close to home wherever possible, so I’m particularly pleased that this facility will allow us to perform a far wider range of specialist scans, allowing us to treat people locally who would previously have had to travel in order to access these services.”
Thanks to the Health Tree Foundation’s IMAGE (Improving MRI at Grimsby for Everyone) appeal, £55,000 has been raised to install the new equipment.
Chairman of the Trust Board, Terry Moran, said: “The £55,000 raised has been used to install equipment which will allow patients to personalise their MRI experience and make them feel as comfortable as possible.
“Some of our very anxious or claustrophobic patients have struggled in the past to complete their scans and in some extreme cases, have needed a general anaesthetic.
“This technology allows you to choose a video that will be projected above you during the scan – such as a beach, rainforest or desert – to help give you a focus and to relax during the examination.
“The money has also enabled us to install mood lighting in the room and, again, it’s you who chooses the colour, which also helps put you at your ease.
“It may sound like a small thing but it can make a huge difference to how comfortable you feel.”