Medway Maritime Hospital has a new state-of-the-art scanner to detect cancer in patients.
The new CT scanner is the first of two scanners to arrive at the Trust this year. It will not only detect more cancers due to its superior technology, but will also scan patients far more efficiently. This will reduce waiting times because patients will now be seen quicker after being referred by their GP.
The arrival further signals the Trust’s continued commitment to providing the highest quality of care to patients. Improving cancer services was a key commitment the Trust pledged to make following the 2015 Care Quality Commission Report.
The CT Team are also looking to the future, with plans to expand the use of the new scanner to improve the detection of heart disease – a serious illness which has been on the increase within the population both locally and nationally.
Simone Hay, Deputy Director of Surgery at Medway NHS Foundation Trust said,
‘It’s crucial that we are always looking at ways to improve the services we offer to our patients. We recognised that we needed to invest in more advanced CT scanners and set about doing just that.
“The scanner is an invaluable piece of technology for the Trust in which we are able to detect cancers with far more accuracy than ever before – which is great news. Crucially we are also able to conduct more examinations, meaning more patients are seen too quicker, reducing any unnecessary delays.
“We are also utilising the technology wider, working across departments to see how the scanners can not only detect cancers better but also how they can be used to detect other, often life threatening illnesses”
The second scanner is due to be with the Trust by the autumn and will further help to improve the services the Trust provides to patients in Medway and Swale.