20 December 2012

Once installed the low dose 160-slice CT scanner will be the most sophisticated available for adult patients in Greater Manchester.

Construction work has started on a building to house the scanner and a new waiting area, changing area and control room for the CT scanner, which is expected to arrive at the hospital in March.

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Clinical Director of Radiology, Dr Ash Lama said: “Having two CT scanners is great news for our patients as it will mean waiting times for a CT scan will be dramatically reduced. The scanners will operate seven days a week and from 8am to 8pm Mondays to Fridays.

“We will also be able to do more complex examinations such as Cardiac CT Angiography and Virtual Colonoscopy.  This means patients will be able to have their diagnostic scans here at Tameside, speeding up their treatment.”

For some patients it will also lead to a reduction in unnecessary invasive diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy and coronary angiography performed at distant hospitals.

Dr Lama added: “Demand for CT scanning has been increasing year on year and we will be much better placed to meet this demand.

“We don’t want patients to have to wait longer than is necessary and we certainly don’t want them to have to travel to other hospitals, which is why we have invested in another machine.

“We are confident that having two scanners, we can reduce waiting times for patients by around two to three weeks.

 “With access to a second scanner, we are confident that all our inpatients will be scanned within 24 to 48 hours of receiving the referral.”

The hospital has also increased its radiography staffing - two new radiographers and a radiography assistant have been appointed and are currently in training to operate the new scanner.