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New scanners improve care for thousands

August 12, 2008 3:55 PM

TOP A&E CONSULTANT SAYS LATEST NEW SCANNERS WILL IMPROVE CARE FOR THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS

The most modern CT scanners on the market are now fully operational at two of Scotland’s biggest Accident and Emergency (A & E) Departments. 

The scanners are part of a £25 million three year modernisation programme in diagnostic equipment.

Patients at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Southern General Hospital are now receiving faster access to vital scans. 

Dr Alastair Ireland, Accident and Emergency Consultant, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, said: “Acutely ill patients coming to these two receiving A & Es will have more rapid access to the very latest CT scanning technology available, allowing patient to have scans in the department without any delays.

 “This is an excellent addition to our complement of equipment.  Patients presenting at A & E will no longer need to transfer to our routine CT scanners as we will have one closer to hand which will improve the time it takes for patients to be scanned.  This offers a higher standard of critical care to urgent patients.”

Patients and staff will both benefit from this additional investment in state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment. The service will deliver more rapid access to diagnostics and maximise the benefit to patients.

Jim Crombie, Director of Diagnostics said:  “Being able to equip our staff with the very latest diagnostic equipment will help us respond to the challenge of caring for critically unwell emergency patients which is our absolute priority. 

A & E.  This new equipment will further support our A & E teams in continuing to offer emergency patients such rapid care.
“NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been consistently meeting the national waiting time target of no patients waiting more than four hours to be seen treated and discharged at

“A & E patients will have access to separate dedicated CT scanners resulting in fewer emergency interruptions, increased efficiency and a more convenient service.

“Not only will A & E departments benefit but imaging services across Glasgow and Clyde will benefit from a whole range of additional equipment including X-ray, ultrasound, screening and MRI equipment.

“In particular, the introduction of additional Magnetic Resonance (MR) scanning services at Glasgow Royal Infirmary will allow the Directorate to respond to the ever increasing demand for access to this advanced imaging modality.

“Patients and staff will both benefit from this additional investment in state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment.  The service will deliver more rapid access to diagnostics and maximise the benefit to patients.

“Diagnostics provides scanning and imaging services for thousands of people and this new equipment will ensure access times continue to be reduced facilitating more rapid access to diagnosis and treatment”.

“Together with the significant redesign of our hospitals, both waiting times for diagnostic services and the patient experience will be second to none.”   

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