For consultant radiologist Dr Sheamus Fitzgerald, an MRI scanner at the Friarage is a long time coming!
“The scanner would be a much needed and welcome addition to the services provided at the Friarage – currently inpatients at the hospital needing a scan have to travel to Middlesbrough or Darlington.
“Not only will the new machine cut waiting times, it will enable us to diagnose conditions more quickly, hopefully leading to better health outcomes for our patients.
“Also as a regional cancer centre we need to be able to response to any request for diagnostics and of the 4,000 scans carried out on our North Yorkshire patients, 15% do relate to cancer. This extra capacity will enable us to remain at the forefront of cancer care in the country.”
Clinical manager for radiology at the Friarage Fiona Harker echoes his sentiments…
“The biggest advantage for patients is having this service closer to home. The radiology team at James Cook do a great job but the biggest issue for patients is travel and transport.
“If you’re a frail and elderly patient and having to get yourself from Leyburn to Middlesbrough, it can be problematic – having a scanner at the Friarage would be fantastic for the staff and patients!”