To give you faster access to diagnostic imaging, we have invested more than £1 million into our equipment as part of our commitment to providing you with “Outstanding” care. This new equipment includes an ultrasound, C-arm X-ray machine and most recently a full upgrade to our MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) facility.
The new MRI facility includes features such as silent scanning, for anxious patients who may find the noise of an MRI scan distressing, and a fast scan option which speeds up scanning for patients suffering from claustrophobia. Multiple magnetic coil options mean that it will be easier to scan a patient in a position which is most comfortable for them.
Since launch, our investment into diagnostic imaging equipment has led to patients being seen on average 10% faster in a quieter and more comfortable environment.
For our Self Pay patients we offer private MRI scans from only £245 – up to 20% cheaper than other local hospitals.
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James Harmer, 20, from Templecombe was involved in a motorcycle accident which caused considerable damage to his right knee. His doctor initially recommended physiotherapy, but when this did not help he went to a knee specialist who referred him for an MRI at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre.
“I really wanted to know what was going on with my knee,” said James. “Before my accident I was thinking about joining the Army, and I wanted to make sure that the damage to my knee would not stop me.”
The MRI scan revealed that James had a bruised bone. He is now building up his fitness so that he can fulfil his dream of joining the Army.
James was the first patient to use the new MRI facility at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre. He said: “It was really smart, very clean and everyone was very friendly – I can commend them on that. Anyone due for an MRI at Shepton Mallet shouldn’t worry. It’s not stressful and they play music to cover the noise from the machine. It may look daunting but it’s very comfortable.”
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Chester Barnes, Hospital Director at Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, commented: “Our investment in the very latest diagnostic imaging equipment emphasises our commitment to providing our patients with outstanding service and care. It also represents a commitment to the local NHS community of which we are a proud member. Being able to provide assurance of accurate imaging in the longer-term means that we can ensure our patients receive the treatment which achieves the best results for them.”