The new CT scanner was craned into place at Yeovil Hospital on Saturday (5 September) and will benefit patients by reducing waiting times caused by the peak of the pandemic.

The ‘CT scanner in a box’ will start seeing patients come through its doors next week, supporting the hospital’s recovery phase by reducing the amount of time people will need to wait for their diagnostic testing.

Speaking about the newest addition to the radiology department, Radiology Consultant and Clinical Director Dr Sharon Brown said: “The whole radiology team is so excited about its arrival and it looks fantastic! The space is better than we could have imagined, making it a great environment for both patients and staff.

“This is a fantastic boost to our diagnostic capacity, helping us provide our patients with the very best possible care.”

The additional CT scanner was provided by NHS England to support Yeovil Hospital in the pandemic recovery phase and will be used for outpatients, freeing up the CT scanners within the main hospital building to be used for inpatients and complex cases.

Yeovil Hospital Chief Executive Jonathan Higman said: “It was great to see our new ‘CT scanner in a box’ arriving over the weekend. Our staff are working extremely hard to meet the needs of the local community and this is a huge boost. The addition of this new space and equipment is going to have a big impact on waiting times for patients in Somerset and Dorset, and enables the care to continue to be provided to a very high standard.”

The New CT scanner arrives by crane
Yeovil Hospital Chief Executive Jonathan Higman, Radiology Consultant and Clinical Director Dr Sharon Brown and Radiology Business Manager Fiona Rooke outside the new CT scanner.
The new CT scanner is nearly ready to see outpatients and reduce the waiting times for diagnostic care.

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