We reached a landmark moment in the improvement works to Scunthorpe General Hospital this weekend, as our new MRI scanner arrived on site.
The state-of-the-art equipment was delivered to the new-look unit yesterday (Sunday) and it won’t be long now before we’re able to welcome our first patients.
Director of Estates and Facilities, Jug Johal, said: “This was a really exciting development in the £4.6 million extension of our Scunthorpe MRI suite, which is a key aspect of our ongoing work to improve our buildings and facilities on the site.”
The extension of the MRI unit is one of a number of wide ranging improvements we’re making to Scunthorpe Hospital, alongside the construction of our new Emergency Department, which is due to open next year.
Mr Johal said: “Having this additional scanner in place will enable us to offer you a vastly improved service.
“It will double our scanning capacity at Scunthorpe, allowing our specialist clinicians to see you more quickly, diagnose and monitor conditions and get you the treatment you need.
“It will also increase our capability to carry out a wide range of specialist scans, while the addition of new anaesthetic and recovery areas and additional monitoring equipment means that patients being treated in Intensive Care will no longer have to be taken over to Grimsby for scans.”
The room itself has additional features to help you to relax during the scan, including Sky Inside ceiling panels – LED panels which give the impression you’re looking out at a beautiful blue sky – and a calming mural spanning one wall.
The MRI table which you lie on can also be dropped far lower than our on our older equipment, which is more comfortable for you and helps our teams get you into position more easily.
As well as the additional scanner, we are also making improvements to our waiting area and changing facilities to make them as inviting and relaxing as possible.
We will also have a new consulting room, which will allow us to speak to you in complete privacy to discuss your procedure and any questions you may have.
Mr Johal said: “We’re really close to having everything finished now and we’re hoping that we will be able to start seeing patients from as early as next month.”