Imaging investment confirms hospital's future says trust

MORE than 5,000 patients have now been scanned by Bassetlaw Hospital's very first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

The first patient was scanned on 30 June 2009 the scanner was delivered and installed in a 1.85m project to house the giant magnet and its associated equipment.

Hospital manager Mary Mitchell said she was delighted: "This MRI

scanner was the first for Bassetlaw Hospital.

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"It's brought hi-tech equipment to the hospital, making sure that we have the very best in medical technology. Bassetlaw Hospital is investing in its future with state-of-the-art equipment fit for the 21st century."

The facility brought together reception and waiting areas for patients, refurbished changing and rest rooms for staff and offices.

At that time, work also began on the installation of a state-of-the-art fluoroscopy room in medical imaging – at a cost of 380,000 for the equipment and the associated building works.

Earlier this month, hospital chiefs denied doubts over the future of the hospital following were concerns that its small size could make it vulnerable.

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The hospital, in Worksop, has only 300 beds but local NHS managers say that about 33,000 patients are treated each year.

Hospital management and senior managers of NHS Bassetlaw, the primary care trust that commissions health services, have expressed their commitment to the local service.

Dr Mahmoud Al-Koffash, consultant physician and clinical divisional director for medicine and emergency medicine, said: "Bassetlaw Hospital has a secure future at the heart of the local community.''