Spire St Anthony’s Hospital providing same day MRI scanning service with new £1.4m investment

Purchase of a second MRI scanner delivers greater treatment choice and faster access to healthcare for self-funding and insured patients
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2 February 2024: Spire St Anthony’s Hospital in Cheam, Surrey has installed a second, £1.4m state-of-the-art MRI scanner, which will speed up diagnosis for people with damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, problems with blood flow, stroke, cancer and cardiac problems. Both self-funding and insured patients will benefit from this new equipment, which will alleviate pressure on waiting lists and reduce diagnosis waiting times in the local area.

The new scanner is part of on-going investment at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital to increase the speed at which patients can be scanned and treated and improve the quality of care and patient comfort. Patients can undergo their MRI scan on the same day as seeing their Consultant Specialist, with protected capacity available to accommodate patient choice. Using state of the art technology in the new Siemens Solar MRI scanner, twice as many patients can be treated as before – now up to 50 per day. In its first week of operation, this new equipment delivered an impressive 65 additional scans.

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Advanced AI technology, combined with the scanner’s ability to image the patient quickly, delivers a higher quality diagnostic image for the consultants to use in their diagnosis of the patient’s condition. The scan table is also able to accommodate bariatric patients so they can be imaged safely and comfortably.

Left to right: Freddie O’Meara, Radiology Department Assistant; Aisling Harte, Interim Lead MRI Radiographer; Jesse Jan De Jesus, Senior Radiographer; Noojie De Jesus, Healthcare Assistant; Shelia Enright, Director of Clinical Services.

. Picture: submittedLeft to right: Freddie O’Meara, Radiology Department Assistant; Aisling Harte, Interim Lead MRI Radiographer; Jesse Jan De Jesus, Senior Radiographer; Noojie De Jesus, Healthcare Assistant; Shelia Enright, Director of Clinical Services.

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Left to right: Freddie O’Meara, Radiology Department Assistant; Aisling Harte, Interim Lead MRI Radiographer; Jesse Jan De Jesus, Senior Radiographer; Noojie De Jesus, Healthcare Assistant; Shelia Enright, Director of Clinical Services. . Picture: submitted

The MRI scanning service at Spire St Anthony’s currently operates Monday to Friday 7:30am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm.

Jonathan Head, Hospital Director at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital, said: “At Spire St Anthony’s Hospital, we are committed to providing fast access to diagnoses and outstanding personalised care to people across the region, whenever they need it. Through an on-going programme of investment in state-of-the-art facilities like this new scanner, alongside other upgrades and improvements across our hospital, we can deliver the level of care in the most comfortable surroundings that our patients have come to expect.

“Receiving a diagnosis can be a worrying time for many people, but knowing they are being seen quickly, and that the latest technology is being used to care for them, goes a long way to putting people at ease. This is what people expect from Spire Hospitals and we’re pleased to be delivering that here at Spire St Anthony’s.”

About Spire Healthcare

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Spire Healthcare is a leading independent healthcare group in the United Kingdom, with 39 hospitals and 33 clinics, medical centres and consulting rooms across England, Wales and Scotland. It operates a network of private GPs and provides occupational health services to over 700 corporate clients.

Working in partnership with over 8,700 experienced consultants, Spire Healthcare delivered tailored, personalised care to around 926,500 in-patients, out-patients and daycase patients in 2022, and is the leading private provider, by volume, of knee and hip operations in the United Kingdom. The Group’s well-located and scalable hospitals have delivered successful and award-winning clinical outcomes, positioning the Group well with patients, consultants, the NHS, GPs and Private Medical Insurance (“PMI”) providers. 98% of Spire Healthcare’s inspected hospitals and clinics are rated ‘Good,’ ‘Outstanding’ or the equivalent by health inspectors in England, Wales and Scotland.

Spire Healthcare is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250.

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