On 1st July 2010, Spire Parkway Hospital’s new £400,000 CT scanner was officially opened by Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham, together with the first patient to be diagnosed using the machine.
Staff at Parkway found patient Zorka Jenkinson, aged 78 from Shirley, knew a lot about the technology because she set up and ran the Nuclear Medicine Department at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for over 30 years, spending her last five years there as Chief Physicist Nuclear Medicine Specialist.
The Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner, which uses X-ray equipment and computer software to create pictures of the inside of the body, can help to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions.
Mrs Jenkinson was the first patient to use the scanner after it was delivered to Spire Parkway Hospital in May.
She said: “I used to use big gamma cameras and radioactive materials to determine the function of organs in the body. When I retired about 17 years ago CT and MRI scanners were around but they were not as advanced or sensitive as the one at Spire Parkway Hospital now, so I was very interested in the whole procedure.”
Mrs Jenkinson added: “When I came in for my scan, for a change it was me being told not to worry – that’s what I used to tell my patients. The staff were very good and efficient – I had been booked in for my appointment, had my scan and received my diagnosis all within a week.”
The scanner is part of a £1.4 million investment by Spire Parkway in equipment and building development so that its team of specialist consultants can offer faster diagnosis and more complex surgery. It is now one of the few private hospitals in the Midlands to have its own Intensive Care Unit (ICU), equipped with specialist technology, staffed by doctors and nurses specially trained in caring for patients in intensive care 24 hours a day.
Lord Jones, former Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment, who cut the ribbon to officially launch the scanner, said: “It is wonderful that Spire Parkway has invested for patients in this area to provide something that is so important to provide quick diagnosis. Not knowing can be stressful and a quick result removes the worry, whether it is good or bad news.”