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New MRI and CT scanners to boost care in Humber area

Community Diagnostic Provision

New MRI and CT scanners to boost care in Humber area

People living in the Humber area are set to benefit from earlier diagnostic tests as new mobile MRI and CT scanners are being deployed locally.

The Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has secured an £8.6 million share of funding from a £350 million national pot that will support development of new models of Community Diagnostic Provision.

The HCV Partnership is adopting a collaborative approach to developing and delivering diagnostic services, including the purchase of mobile MRI and  CT scanners to improve access and reduce waiting times for patients.

Over time the mobile service will be deployed across the region with the potential to deliver an additional 500 CT and 500 MRI scans per month.

The investment will help to reduce waiting times and improve patient experience and access to diagnostic services, implementing better pathways of care in key clinical areas such as cancer, cardiac and respiratory care.

Dr Nigel Wells, a GP and HCV Partnership (ICS) Clinical Lead said: “Our local teams have already made great progress in ramping up scans and tests back up to pre-pandemic levels. This new investment will help us go even further, whilst also providing a more convenient model of service delivery for patients.”

The increase in scanning capability will help to achieve:

  • earlier diagnoses for patients through easier, faster, and more direct access to the MRI and CT scans needed to understand patients’ symptoms and direct them to the right care as soon as possible
  • a reduction in hospital visits which will help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission
  • a contribution to the NHS’ net-zero ambitions by providing multiple tests at one visit, reducing the number of patient journeys and helping to cut carbon emissions and air pollution.

GPs will be able to refer patients to locally based services, helping them access life-saving checks closer to home and be diagnosed for a range of conditions as opposed to travelling to hospital.

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