Patients will receive their scans more quickly and in more comfortable surroundings after a new facility opened at Basildon Hospital.
New state-of-the-art scanning equipment has been installed in a dedicated area, providing an improved service to those who have outpatient CT and MRI appointments.
Using modern technology, the new scanners operate more quickly and provide higher-quality images. This includes an MRI machine, which uses magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body, and a CT scanner, which uses x-rays to diagnose many conditions including cancer.
The rooms containing the two machines have been fitted with skylight ceiling tiles to make patients feel more comfortable when they have their scans.
Brian Green, General Manager for Radiology at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our new courtyard facility will help us to offer a better and faster service to our patients. Within the building there is a two-bed recovery space and separate room for staff to prepare patients ahead of their scan. This frees up our radiographers to continue scanning while healthcare assistants provide cannulas to patients in more comfort and privacy.”
The Trust worked with a number of partners to build the £5.5 million facility. A key role was carried out by Philips as part of its managed service agreement with the Trust. The company helped to assess the location for the new unit, identify contractors, and provided initial designs for the layout and building.