Spire Gatwick Park Hospital is launching a new state-of-the-art CT scanner as part of its continued investment into its imaging facilities. The imaging suite that will house the new scanner has been totally refurbished and the new technology will mean that more patients can be seen for a variety of diagnosis.
Talented Dorking based basketball players and keen sportsmen, James and Jonathan Swaine, aged 15 and 18, have been invited to open the new suite and launch the CT scanner at Spire Gatwick Park. The brothers, who play for Guildford Heat Academy, the youth arm of the professional Surrey basketball club, both suffered exactly the same injury on their knees and were both successfully treated at the hospital which has meant they can now actively pursue their dream of a sporting scholarship in America.
James, 18, says ‘”I am really proud that both Jonathan and I have been asked to come back to the hospital and be involved in the launch. We both spent a fair amount of time at the hospital during diagnosis and treatment but it is great to be returning for such a positive event. The scans that we both had were really important as they meant that our consultant, Mr. Tselentakis could give a clear diagnosis and get us back on our feet as quickly as possible. “
The £1.2m investment by Spire means that the imaging suite will house state-of-the-art equipment including the new 64 slice Toshiba Aquilion CT Scanner, a 1.5T MRI system and third ultrasound scanner. The unit sees a large numbers of patients with a variety of health issues including oncology patients and the highly accurate and advanced images means the unit can increase the number of patients requiring scans.
Hospital Director, Matthew Dronsfield explains: “This is a very exciting time for the hospital as our new system is far more sophisticated than CT scanners used in many UK hospitals. It will allow patients to be scanned more quickly and in greater detail, meaning that a much wider range of conditions can be investigated and diagnosed.”