Scanner capacity boosted to help more patients than ever

A HEALTH trust has bolstered its resources to help scan more patients than ever before during the coronavirus pandemic.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has upgraded its scanning equipment to ensure patients are treated as quickly as they can be.

The trust has had a relocatable CT scanner delivered to its site at the University Hospital of North Tees.

The Siemens SOMATOM Go is installed in a temporary container unit so that it can be easily accessed in a safe environment for patients.

The Trust has also updated its equipment at the University Hospital of Hartlepool – investing in a Siemens SOMATOM Definition Edge scanner.

Gail Griffiths, operational manager in radiology, said: “We are delighted to have increased our scanning capacity at a time when we have needed it most.

“These scanners will allow us to scan more patients as we work our way through the backlog created by postponed appointments during the pandemic.

“NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with us to help us come up with an innovative solution to treat more patients than ever before.”

Rachel Willey, patient safety lead for radiology, said: “The relocatable scanner is located outside of the hospital building, meaning patients can come for their scan without even entering the building.

“It is the ideal solution to allow for social distancing and provide a safe environment for patients during the pandemic.

“It will be invaluable in helping the team work through a backlog in appointments and ensure patients get the treatment they need quickly and efficiently.”

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