New mobile scanner for North and East Yorkshire cancer patients

Scarborough Hospital has launched a new specialist mobile scanner for cancer patients in the North and East Yorkshire area.

The mobile PET-CT scanner has been rolled-out to improve access to the diagnostic test for patients in York, Scarborough, Malton, Bridlington, and Selby, who previously had to travel to hospital sites outside of the region where the closets scanners were located.

The scanner, which is operational one day per week, can complete 14-16 scans per day and is being run in partnership with Alliance Medical Limited – a specialist provider of diagnostic healthcare solutions.

Christine Norris, Cancer Improvement and Performance Manager at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and leader of the project, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to deliver services more locally and avoid patients and their families having to travel long distances for a diagnostic test, which will hopefully make things a little easier for them.

“As well as being great news for our patients, it is a fantastic opportunity for our staff who are able to use their specialist skills to report these scans locally, providing a service to patients and working more closely with their referring clinician.

“It’s been around two years in the making and a huge team effort from departments across the Trust, our partners and in particular the York and Scarborough Hospitals Charity who have helped fund this vital service.”

David Cahill, Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer from Alliance Medical, added: “Alliance Medical are delighted to be able add this further location to provide access for PET-CT scans. We continue our commitment to providing a national network of PET-CT which provides world class levels of service for our patients and in partnership with the NHS.”