West Yorkshire first as Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital makes £2.6m investment

A major £2.6m investment in new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerised Tomography (CT) scanners at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital will improve the care of hundreds of patients with a host of health conditions.

Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital CT Scanner investmentThe CT scanner will be the only one in West Yorkshire able to offer advanced cardiac imaging. It generates static images of the heart, an organ which is constantly moving, enabling clinicians to better pinpoint exact issues and plan the most effective treatment for patients as a result of the pictures captured. 

The Toshiba scanner, which takes data from several X-ray images of structures inside a human's body and converts them into pictures on a monitor, will also enable the hospital, a not for profit organisation based in Leeds city centre, to offer patients CT colonography for the first time, allowing studies of the bowel to be made without the need for invasive investigations.

The investment in the Siemens MRI scanner, which uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body, will also see patients able to access new imaging services including liver diagnostics, breast, vascular, bowel and prostate.

Andrew Pimperton, diagnostic services manager at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital, said: 
“This is an exciting development which will both enhance our patients’ experiences and assist our expert staff and nationally renowned consultants in providing the best healthcare and treatment.  

“As a not for profit health organisation, Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital reinvests its profits in the latest technologies to ensure clinical excellence, innovation and a commitment to the long term health and wellbeing of our patients. As such, as well as bringing new imaging services to the region, these two new state-of-the-art scanners will also enhance existing services in fields including orthopaedics, neurology, urology and cancer diagnostics.”

John Lofthouse, Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital director, added: 
“This significant investment not only confirms Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital’s position as the leading private healthcare centre for scanning services in Leeds and the wider region but also as one of the most advanced private hospitals in the UK. We will continue to work as part of the city's healthcare hub to deliver regional excellence for patients.”

The CT scanner is being installed in the hospital’s radiology department and is set to become operational from mid-October. The MRI scanner will then be installed and is expected to be launched in early 2016. During installation, there will be no disruption to patients who have access to mobile scanners located outside the hospital. 

Last updated Wednesday 23 March 2016

First published on Friday 9 October 2015