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Board invests 4.3m in diagnostic services

September 03, 2007 5:01 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has announced a major investment in diagnostic services , including additional new CT and MRI scanners, that will see Scotland’s largest health board equipped with the most up to date diagnostic equipment.

This latest £4 million investment underpins an ambitious modernisation programme that is already setting new standards of care for hundreds of thousands of patients.

Dr Paul Duffy, NHSGGC Clinical Director, Diagnostics, has welcomed this news.  He said:  “Patients and staff will benefit from this decision to invest additional resource in state of the art diagnostic imaging equipment. The service will deliver more rapid access to diagnostics and a higher standard of clinical care to patients. This new phase of   investment will target critical areas such as access to CT scans for acutely unwell patients presenting to A &E departments (Southern General Hospital and Glasgow Royal Infirmary) and the replacement of an MRI scanner that supports cancer care (Western Infirmary).”

“Being able to equip our staff with the very latest diagnostic tools is fantastic news and I am particularly pleased that the new CT scanners will help us respond to the challenge of out of hours care by enhancing support for emergency services 24-hours a day and 7 days a week.

This latest investment in diagnostics is the most recent phase in an ambitious programme that includes equipment installed at the new West of Scotland Cancer Centre (The Beatson), which benefits from 11 brand new state of the art radiotherapy machines.  
 
“Caring for critically unwell emergency patients is our absolute priority and these new CT scanners will seamlessly integrate into A & E departments to maximise benefit to patients. Out patients will have access to separate dedicated CT scanners resulting in fewer emergency interruptions, increased efficiency and a more convenient service. This is an example of how harmonising additional investment to new working practices can make a real difference to patients. Patients who become acutely unwell, patients with suspected or proven cancer and patients suffering from more chronic conditions will all benefit.”

Jim Crombie, Director for Diagnostics and Imaging, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, highlighted this as evidence of a solid commitment to developing cutting edge diagnostic services.

He added:  “Diagnostics provides scanning and imaging services for thousands of people in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and beyond, this new equipment will ensure access times continue to be reduced facilitating more rapid access to diagnosis and treatment”.

“This new kit together with the significant redesign of our service provision will improve both the patient experience and the overall waiting times for diagnostic services.”

Mr. Crombie continued: “The scope of our modernisation strategy is across the whole diagnostic team, one already successful pilot project started at the Western Infirmary earlier this year introduced a central booking point for patient referrals.  This pilot ensures direct contact with patients offering them a choice of appointment dates and times, and has been hailed as a major step forward in informing and involving patients in their care pathway.” The pilot will now be rolled out across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

A total of five new radiologists posts have already been filled in the Clyde area expanding capacity at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Vale of Leven.   Further appointments have been made in Glasgow and these new consultants will take up post this autumn.

ENDS

*Dr Paul Duffy is available for interview today (Sunday, 2 September).  To arrange please contact the Press Office on 0141 201 4429.

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