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Charity Patron Pete Waterman Launches New MRI Scanner

Dennis Dunn & Pete Waterman MRI Scanner
Pete Waterman (left) and Dennis Dunn (right) outside the new MRI scanner

1 November 2016

Record producer Pete Waterman has launched a new state-of-the-art MRI scanner at Crewe’s Leighton Hospital.

Pete, who has sold more than 500 million records worldwide and helped to launch artists such as Kylie Minogue, visited the hospital on Friday 28 October to unveil the new Siemens scanner.

The celebratory event followed a successful fundraising appeal by Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity, which raised more than £960,000.

The campaign was launched in March 2014 due to the hospital’s existing scanner working to capacity and has received overwhelming support from the local community.

Businesses, schools, associations and individuals all helped to raise the vital funds and many, including the Mayor of Northwich, attended the launch event.

They were joined by a number of representatives from Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), including Chief Executive Tracy Bullock, Chairman Dennis Dunn MBE, and members of staff from the Medical Imaging Department.

Pete said: “I am delighted to be Patron of Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity and it was a honour to launch the brand new MRI scanner at Leighton Hospital today after a two and a half year appeal.

“I am passionate about the NHS and full of admiration for the fantastic support we have received from the public for this appeal.”

Dennis Dunn added: “I am delighted that the appeal has been such a success and that the funding of the second MRI scanner will support Mid Cheshire Hospitals in its aim to deliver first class healthcare to our local community.”

The new Siemens Aera 1.5 Tesla scanner, which is already being used, will help the Trust to meet the rising demands for the service.

Around 20,000 MRI scans were completed at Leighton Hospital in the last financial year and the Trust is predicting 24,000 in 2016/17 and a continued growth of 10-12 per cent every year.

The new scanner, which operates 8am - 8pm seven days a week, means that the Trust can double its onsite scanning capacity. MRI wait times will therefore be reduced and, due to improved technology, scans will be quicker.

Other benefits for patients include a reduced feeling of claustrophobia, a reduction in changed or cancelled appointments, and increased diagnostic accuracy.

Visitors will also benefit from improved patient facilities, including a new self check-in system and a comfortable waiting area.

Laura Riddle, Charity Manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have raised such a staggering amount through the MRI Scanner Appeal. 

“We could not have done this without the amazing support shown by the local community and I would like to thank everyone who supported and donated to the appeal.”

Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity makes a fantastic difference to patients, their families and staff at MCHFT and, through fundraising, aims to enhance the provision of first class healthcare across the Trust’s sites.

For further information on how you can support the work of the charity contact Laura Riddle on 01270 273248 or email charity@mcht.nhs.uk.

Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported and raised funds for our MRI Scanner Appeal. Just some of the many individuals and organisations that got involved include: 

  • Fayrefield Foods raised more than £50,000 through a cycle ride event

  • Nantwich Cycling Group took on the challenge of cycling from Nantwich to London and raised in excess of £50,000

  • MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Edward Timpson, raised £3,690 through completing the 2015 London Marathon

  • Local Estate Agent Your Move Andrew Nicholson donated over £2,000, as part of their continued charity support

  • Sandbach Ladies Choir donated £720

  • Royal Bank of Scotland’s Congleton and Sandbach branches supported the appeal for a year and raised over £2,000 between them

  • Alextra Accountants raised over £3,500 by completing a sponsored skydive