£60,000 scanner at Johnson

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A NEW ultrasound scanner is set to transform diagnosis and treatment for patients in the Spalding area.

The new state-of-the-art Toshiba scanner, which cost about £60,000, will be installed in the x-ray department at Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust scanner will mean that from mid-May many patients will be able to have their scan locally and will no longer have to travel to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

Business manager Paul Walker said: “Mr Magd was the clinician leading on this, as lower risk obstetrics (women’s reproductive and pregnancy-related care) will be a main user of the scanner.

“He will be running clinics in Spalding all day on Tuesday and Thursday. This will prevent people having to go to Pilgrim Hospital for this.”

Superintendent sonographer Gill Massey added: “The scanner will also be used for other general ultrasound work and many patients will be able to have investigations such as kidney and gall bladder scans locally.”

“Vascular and gynaecological investigations will also be available.