In Spring 2014, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity officially launched an exciting £1million fundraising appeal for an additional MRI scanner at Leighton Hospital.
With the current MRI scanner working to full capacity between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week, a new MRI scanner is needed to allow the hospital to continue delivering first-class healthcare to over 300,000 people living in Cheshire, Staffordshire and surrounding areas.
The high risk of stroke among the local population is increasing demand for the existing service, and the introduction of MRI prostate screening later this year is also expected to have a significant impact.
The additional scanner will feature a range of benefits for patients, including: a larger scanner to accommodate a variety of body shapes, sizes and clinical conditions, as well as reducing claustrophobia; reduced failure rates; additional MRI scanning capacity; faster scan times; comparable to other service providers in the private sector; a reduction in MRI wait times; increased diagnostic accuracy; improved clinical outcomes and a generally improved patient experience.
Speaking at the launch, Consultant Radiologist, Sankalp Tripathi said, "The MRI scanner can scan any part of the body, giving us a huge amount of detail. Often, there’s no other way of diagnosing a condition. For things like back pain, x-rays are traditionally used, but things can be picked up on an MRI scanner that wouldn’t be picked up on x-rays.
"This can completely change the treatments used. MRI scanners will also pick up a lot more abnormalities in a less invasive way than other methods, and doesn’t involve radiation. One of the new things is prostate imaging – we estimate there will be about 1,000 patients in a year who will be given an MRI scan before they have a biopsy."
Nicola Collings, MRI Lead Radiographer, added: "At the moment we’re scanning 30 patients a day. And that’s from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. We’re also having to outsource some of the work to independent providers, and we even have a mobile unit that comes in. A second scanner is vital for the hospital – not least due to its ability to diagnose a whole host of ailments."
The appeal will run for the next two years and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will make a contribution of £1.57million.
Tracy Bullock, MCHFT Chief Executive, added, "This appeal is part of the extensive ongoing refurbishment of the whole hospital. Demand for our MRI scanner is likely to increase significantly, so a second one will help address this. We hope the support from across the community will gather momentum now that we have formally launched the appeal.
"Trust staff are already getting behind this and are showing their support through all sorts of events. The momentum behind the appeal from the department and wider organisation is already fantastic."
To find out more about Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity, the MRI Scanner Appeal, how to get involved and ways to donate, please visit our Charity website: www.mchcharity.org
You can also contact our Fundraising Manager, Laura Riddle, on 01270 273 248 or at firstname.lastname@example.org