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Mini MRI scanner opens to patients at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital

30 April

After a successful year-long appeal, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has officially unveiled its new mini MRI scanner.

To celebrate the National Health Service’s 70th birthday in 2018, Bournemouth Hospital Charity asked the community to help fund a new mini MRI scanner that could lower waiting times and provide more comfortable treatment for radiology patients.

This target was reached thanks to a £100,000 grant from Talbot Village Trust in addition to many generous donations from people across the community, including hospital patients and staff, supporters of Bournemouth Hospital Charity and local corporate and community groups.

Debbie Anderson, Head of Fundraising at Bournemouth Hospital Charity, said: “We launched the appeal to honour a momentous year for the NHS, and successfully raised £300,000 for the scanner that will benefit elderly patients as well as patients with leg or arm injuries or joint degeneration. We are indebted to all our donors and the community who have supported this appeal.”

The scanner was ordered at the end of January and work to prepare the space for the installation of the scanner unit commenced in February. After a three week construction programme, followed by installation and training for the Radiography Team, the scanner was officially declared open on Monday 29 April.

Andy Pope, consultant radiologist, said: “We are so thankful to those who have generously contributed to the appeal so our patients can benefit from improved access to MRI of extremities in a comfortable, quiet environment. The extra MRI scan capacity afforded by the new machine will also secondarily benefit other patients, by freeing up scanning space and time on the three larger MRI machines within the department.”

Russell Lucas-Rowe, Trustee of Talbot Village Trust, added: “Bournemouth Hospital Charity is very close to our hearts and is a charity which we have supported over the years. In the past we have provided a grant of £20,000 to fund the refurbishment of Ward 11 which forms part of the hospital’s Haematology and Oncology Unit.

“When we learnt how many people in the community would be positively impacted by the new MRI scanner, we made it a priority of ours to help in any way that we could to ensure the equipment was purchased. We are proud to have been able to make this happen which as a result, will help many people for years to come.”

For more information visit BHCharity.org/ or call our Charity Office on 01202 705307.

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