Harlow hospital receives funding for new state-of-the-art CT scanner

Local hospital receives funding for new state-of-the-art CT scanner

THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) is to receive funding from the Government for a new state-of-the-art CT scanner to support early diagnosis of cancer for its patients.

The CT scanner will be in place during 2020 and will enable the trust to identify cancer at the soonest opportunity, helping to save lives. Replacing and upgrading the machine will improve efficiency and quality, as new machines construct images quicker and give a better image quality.

It is also anticipated that the new CT scanner will impact on quicker turnaround times for patients undergoing a scan and increase the flow of urgent care patients through the hospital.

We have two CT scanners – with one that is 10 years old – and they are used to diagnose more than 40,000 patients every year.

It is part of wider investment of £200million at 78 trusts across the country to improve diagnosis of cancer and quality of care, announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, this week.

Lance McCarthy, chief executive of The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that this funding will enable us to replace one of our CT scanners.

“This up-to-date technology will help us to diagnose cancer sooner, improving the outcomes for our patients in their cancer treatment.

“We are now working to bring the equipment into use early next year so that our patients can begin to benefit from this innovative technology.”

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