Thanks to £800,000 donated by the League of Friends of Worthing Hospitals a new state of the art CT scanner is up and running at Worthing Hospital. West Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust contributed a further £800,000. This makes a total of two scanners at Worthing and four across the Trust.
The new equipment uses the latest technology to take detailed images inside the human body. These images are integral to the care of patients with a wide range of conditions including the detection and treatment of cancer, neuroscience, orthopaedics and emergency medicine. The number of examinations has risen from 10,000 in 2006 to more than 26,000 in 2012.
Worthing’s extra scanner is central to ensure timely treatment for the growing number of patients who need the service and also means the risk of a scanner not being available in an emergency is significantly reduced. The new equipment also allows clinicians to scan more of the body at any one time, reducing the risk of blurring caused by movement.
Radiology manager, Phil Hassman said, “First and foremost the new scanner enables patients to be seen quickly and safe in the knowledge that the very latest technology is being used to help ensure they get the most appropriate care. On behalf of the team here and the thousands of patients who will benefit from the service in future, I would like to thank the Friends and the local community for their support and generosity.”
Ron Noakes, Chairman of the League of Friends of Worthing Hospitals said: “We are delighted to provide this vital equipment to Worthing Hospital and would like to thank everyone who has given their time, effort and money to support the appeal, including those who have given in memory of loved ones and the many businesses and community organisations.
“Each day the Friends volunteers get to see the wonderful job the staff at the hospital do for the people in their care, and we are pleased to be able to support them.”
Pictured (Left to Right): Martyn Cliff, Superintendent Radiographer, Dr Nigel Davies, Consultant Radiologist with Trust Chairman Mike Viggers and Ron Noakes, Chairman and Sally Jackson, Treasurer from the League of Friends of Worthing Hospitals.