First patient to benefit from improved MRI services at Ashford Hospital

Monday, December 14, 2015

Ashford Hospital saw its first patient following a £1.4million investment in diagnostic capabilities.  Local resident Michael Walbach was scanned for abnormalities in his knee on 19th October using the hospital’s new state of the art MRI scanner.

The new GE Signa Explorer 1.5T MRI scanner, delivered through a partnership between Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Alliance Medical, will help to deliver quicker scans to patients in the local Surrey area, in turn reducing the waiting list for MRI procedures.

The new scanner is housed in a new modular building outside Ashford hospital - the first of its kind from Alliance Medical in the UK - and replaces the mobile unit that previously served the hospital for a number of years.

Russell Trenter, Regional Managing Director at Alliance Medical, said:

“We are delighted to be taking the next step forward in our successful partnership with Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and to help them deliver further improvements in diagnostic capabilities at Ashford Hospital.”

Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“My colleagues and I are very excited to be able to offer the latest imaging technology to all our patients requiring scans. This new MRI scanner will expand the range of procedures we are able to undertake at the hospital while also helping to reduce waiting times for patients across Surrey.”

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