Work to install a new, state-of-the-art Gamma Camera which can detect cancerous tumours and a host of other medical problems, will start at Walsall Manor Hospital next week.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust needs to replace its current Gamma Camera as it is outdated. It was installed a decade ago. The replacement camera together with the associated building work is costing in excess of £650,000 and Walsall League of Friends generously donated £100,000 towards the cost of this.
The Gamma Camera will have a SPECT/CT attachment. This will improve image quality and diagnosis and offer an improved service to patients. It will be possible to perform modern examinations, and patients who currently have to travel to other hospitals for their examination will now be able to receive this in Walsall.
Mark Sinclair, Lead Director for Estates and Facilities with Walsall Healthcare, said: “One of the key objectives in our Vision of becoming your partners for first class integrated care is around providing safe, high quality care – the care we would want for our own families and loved ones.
“This investment will improve our patients’ experience, improve the range of scans we can offer locally and help speed up our treatment pathways which will make a real difference to them.
“A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes prior to construction and installation including all the surveys necessary for this project and construction will now start on Monday 10 April. The floor has to be reinforced to support the new Gamma Camera which is above the Clinical Measurement Unit but this will take place out of hours so this service will not be affected. Once all the building work has finished, staff training will take place for those who need it.
“We are able to continue to use the existing Gamma Camera during this work, which is due to be completed this summer, and we will minimise disruption to patients. There will be the loss of a disabled parking space outside Imaging while contractors are on site but there are other spaces nearby.
“I’d like to once more place on record the Trust’s thanks to the League of Friends for its significant donation. And I’d urge patients, their families and visitors to keep on visiting the League of Friends’ shops near to Ward 29 and in Maternity Services so they can build up their funds once more!”
Most patients who require this nuclear medicine scanning are patients on cardiac, cancer, renal, lung or breast clinical pathways and are predominantly outpatients or referred by their GP.