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Mobile CT scanner returns to the island to help meet increasing demands

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Thursday 28 March 2019

A mobile Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner, which was first brought to the island earlier this year, will return this weekend to ensure scanning services are maintained and help meet service demands.

Health and Social Care has secured capital funding to replace several important items of imaging equipment used in the Radiology department in order to provide Guernsey with the very latest generation of technology to aid diagnostic work. This is part of a series of changes to the Radiology department that are being made in response to ever increasing demand for complex imaging, which is reflected within the UK and internationally.

The hospital's existing CT scanner will be replaced with a new, high specification machine during the summer and whilst the existing equipment is still capable of producing good quality images of most organs, more up to date machines are capable of providing significantly better images, particularly of the heart in less time.

This is the second of a series of 3 visits of the mobile unit which houses a modern CT scanner that will enable the provision of a high quality cardiac CT service until the new machine is commissioned in the Radiology department in August.

The mobile scanner will arrive in Guernsey this Saturday, 30th March, and from Sunday 31st March will be operated 12 hours a day for the three days it will be on the island. The third visit is planned for the second weekend in June.

On its last visit, the mobile unit scanned almost 70 cases over the three days and the feedback from the patients was that they were very satisfied with the service they received. The visiting staff were also very pleased with the support that was offered by the staff at PEH.

Martin Peacock, PEH Clinical Support Services Manager, said:

"Following the success of the previous visit of the mobile CT scanner we are pleased to have been able to arrange a further visit so that a high quality cardiac CT service can be provided in Guernsey until we have replaced our CT scanner in the PEH. The patients were very pleased with the service they received during the first visit of the mobile CT scanner and they were grateful that they could have the examination without the need to leave the Bailiwick"

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