New scanner for Yeovil Hospital
NHS England have delivered a CT scanner to Yeovil Hospital. The scanner has 3 main uses:
- to diagnose conditions – including damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, problems with blood flow, stroke, and cancer
- to guide further tests or treatments – for example, CT scans can help determine the location, size and shape of a tumour before having radiotherapy, or allow a doctor to take a needle biopsy (where a small tissue sample is removed using a needle) or drain an abscess
- to monitor conditions – including checking the size of tumours during and after cancer treatment
The scanner was delivered on 5 September and comes in its very own “box”, a prefab building that can be set up outside the hospital. We will have a fuller article on this in the October edition of The Leveller®.
Meanwhile the intention is to help the hospital recover from the pandemic. To see more patients, reduce backlogs and waiting lists and generally get back on top of non pandemic medical issues.