Spire Washington Hospital has invested £1.2m in a new CT scanner, enhancing its existing service and creating two additional jobs.
The 128-slice CT scanner is the latest generation in diagnostic imaging technology and can be used to provide non-invasive imaging of the whole body, speeding diagnosis and in turn early detection of any issues.
Previously the hospital offered this type of radiological diagnosis from a mobile unit available once a week from its hospital in Rickleton. The installation of the static CT scanner ensures clients can now access scanning on site seven days a week and within 24 hours of a referral.
It also makes Spire the only private hospital in the region to have a purpose built facility.
A further £400k is currently being invested in upgrading Spire Washington Hospital’s fluoroscopy room, which once completed next month will see the diagnostic department offer the full range of services, including interventional procedures.
Durham County Cricket Club’s opening batsman Keaton Jennings formally opened the CT scanner for Spire Washington Hospital. He said: “As a professional sportsman, it is a huge advantage to have this type of equipment - and the professional expertise that comes with it - within five miles of the cricket ground.
“Spire Washington Hospital has an excellent reputation and is spoken of highly by a number of players at the Club who have been successfully treated here. I’ve no doubt the new facility will benefit many people across the region.”
Shelagh Alderson, director of Spire Washington Hospital, said: “Over the last two years we have invested nearly half a million pounds in upgrading our facilities and these latest developments underline our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and putting patients at the heart of everything we do.
“The CT scanner enhances our existing provision in many ways, including by supporting the services we offer in ENT, oncology and respiratory medicine.”