More than 650 patients have now been treated in our new Coastal CT Suite at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, which opened its doors on Wednesday, 6 January.
The £1.6m purpose-built facility is specifically designed to put patients at their ease, with specialist lighting and additional measures put in place to ensure their privacy and dignity whilst undergoing treatment.
CT (or computerised tomography) scans create detailed images of the inside of the body, which can help clinicians to diagnose and monitor conditions and to guide further tests or treatment plans, without the need for intrusive procedures.
Many teams from across the Trust worked together behind the scenes on the CT suite project including clinical staff and representatives from teams including procurement, strategic development, estates and facilities, digital, finance and information.
The suite is so ‘high tech’ and futuristic – it was like being in a spaceship!Emma Mathias, Patient
Ruth Kent, Head of Clinical Sciences, said: “We were delighted to open the Coastal CT Suite to patients – we have been looking forward to this for a long time.
“Already the new suite is improving the overall experience patients have when coming in for scans and is a brilliant upgrade for our staff who work in the department.
“We have also taken on 10 additional staff to run the purpose-built facility, including radiographers and healthcare assistants.
“Additional features include calming lighting and wall art to relax patients as well as separate areas for outpatients (those attending the hospital for an appointment and inpatients (those staying in hospital overnight).
“It is also a standalone unit which provides patients with privacy and dignity while in the department.”
The first patient to use the new CT scanner was Emma Mathias from Grimsby. She said: “The suite is so ‘high tech’ and futuristic – it was like being in a spaceship!
“It was really clean and a nice environment to be in, especially with the cloud lights on the ceiling and the photos on the wall to help you relax.
“The staff were really excited and proud to be scanning their first patient. They were welcoming and explained everything they were doing.”