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Date: Friday 10 February 2017
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm
Location: Medical Records Seminar Room, Level 0, Balmoral Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary
The MRI scanner, supplied by Siemens Healthcare in Germany, was first delivered to Holland where the design and build of the housing pod was undertaken, before it was shipped to the UK and transported to Leicester.
Matthew Archer, Head of Operations for Clinical Support and Imaging at Leicester’s Hospitals, explains: “This is a UK-first as they would normally deliver the housing first and then the MRI unit is installed on hospital grounds. Historically, this kind of project would have caused months of disruption, however the scanner was ready for use within a matter of weeks.
The pod has taken permanent residence outside the Physiotherapy department at Leicester Royal Infirmary and serves hundreds of patients each week.
Matthew continues: “The project was a culmination of months of hard work by a team of experts collaborating from across different parts of Europe. It’s a very innovative approach to increase our capacity and many other trusts are looking at using as a model going forward which is definitely something to celebrate.”
The scanner will be officially unveiled by a ‘regular’ visitor to the department, Luke Swain, who has been invited as a special guest to cut the ribbon. Luke was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was 8-years-old and has been under the care of the Imaging Team throughout his childhood into adulthood for the past 14 years.
Luke, now 22, said: “I was really honoured to be asked to unveil the scanner and my family will be coming along too! The team have been really supportive and kind to me during my treatment, and have been a big part of my life since I was diagnosed.”