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Patients at Hereford County Hospital received an early Christmas present when local philanthropist Clive Richards OBE and his wife Sylvia purchased a second CT scanner.
The £250,000 donation has allowed Wye Valley NHS Trust to bring in a second CT scanner to the hospital doubling its ability to see patients quickly and reducing waiting times. It means that patients will be able to have their scans and diagnosis more quickly.
Most importantly for patients, it means they will be able to get the CT scan they need, at any time of the day or night, even if one scanner is busy or undergoing essential maintenance.
The current scanner has been worked virtually round the clock and has resulted in delays when it needs to undergo routine maintenance.
Richard Beeken, the Trust’s chief executive, said: “The continued support that we’ve received from Clive and Sylvia has been wonderful and we are extremely grateful to them for their generosity.
“The current CT scanner is operating seven days a week, 14 hours a day to ensure patients are seen within the required waiting times as well as daily inpatient use.
“This second scanner will not only relieve the pressure on the existing machine, but allow future developments of the service to be delivered on site,” added Richard.
This could include CT colonography and cardiac CT which are currently either diagnosed using alternate methods or diagnosed using facilities at neighbouring hospitals outside Herefordshire.
“This could be a thing of the past for our patients now that we will have two scanners running simultaneously.
“The benefit to patients is clearly definable in that there will be rapid and constant access to the CT scanning service plus opportunities to deliver diagnostic investigations to local people much closer to home than is currently the case,” added Richard.
Clive Richards said “Both Sylvia and I are delighted to have helped in the acquisition of this new scanner. Herefordshire has lagged behind other counties for far too long in this essential service.”
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Katie Farmer 01432 364078.