Work is now underway to house two new state-of-the-art MRI scanners at Walsall Manor Hospital as part of another important investment in healthcare services.
The current MRI scanner, used to diagnose and identify a range of conditions from back and knee injuries to brain problems cancer, multiple sclerosis and arthritis, is more than 16 years old.
In partnership with the InHealth Group which provides the service, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust has entered into a 15 year contract which will see the replacement of the current old scanner and installation of a second. This will enable the Trust to make better use of its financial resources.
Jo Lydon, Divisional Director of Clinical Support Services for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This is another important investment to improve the service we offer to our patients and enhance their experience.
“By doubling our provision we can reduce the length of time patients wait for a scan and increase the number of patients we see which will have a huge impact on their health and wellbeing. Not only will they receive speedier diagnoses but also more timely assessments on how effective previous treatment has been.”
A temporary MRI unit has been put into place next to the glass corridor and Ward 29 and a temporary waiting room is already in place. Temporary site accommodation was also installed earlier this week for construction workers involved in the six month project.
Russell Caldicott, the Trust’s Lead director for Estates, said: “We’re asking people to bear with us while this major development is constructed and we thank them in advance for their understanding while we work to improve this important element of patient care.
“We will keep disruption to a minimum and will continue to offer MRI scans throughout the coming months. Along with the ongoing construction of our Integrated Critical Care Unit as well as the forthcoming new Obstetric Theatre and Emergency Department expansion the MRI scheme is another key element of our vision of Becoming your partners for first class integrated care.”