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Saturday, 18 November 2017
MRI scanners installed through the roof
23 August 2016

Two state-of-the-art MRI scanners have been installed at our hospital as part of a £3m project.

The new machines use the very latest technology and will provide staff with the highest quality images. As well as being more comfortable for patients, they will also allow the hospital to offer a wider range of imaging techniques, which means patients will not have to travel elsewhere for specialist tests.

Both machines were craned in through the hospital roof over the summer, with the work taking place in phases so that patient services were not disrupted. The waiting area will be redesigned over the next few weeks, with the whole project due for completion in October.

Jane Micheal, head of radiography at the hospital, said: “We are delighted with our new MRI scanners, which are already making a huge difference to our patients and staff.

“The machines are more comfortable for patients, provide clinicians with improved images and will also allow us to further develop the range of advanced services we provide. This will bring real benefits for our patients, as it means they will no longer have to travel further afield for more specialist tests such as multi-parameter prostate scans.

“As part of the project, we have also reconfigured the department and created a space where we could install a third scanner in the future, should the need arise.

“The new scanners were installed without causing any disruption to the service our patients receive, which is a testament to our staff and to our contractors Barnes Construction.”

Mark Bailey, divisional director at Barnes Construction, added: “As a local contractor, we have developed a long-standing relationship with the hospital and we are delighted to have been appointed to deliver this improved MRI facility.

“It is great to see Ipswich Hospital continuing to invest in new facilities that will enhance the services they can offer, benefitting both our town and county.”