Health campaigners have welcomed news that Cossham Hospital is to receive a state-of-the-art MRI scanner to improve cancer survival rates for Kingswood and surrounding patients.
North Bristol Trust, which contains Cossham Hospital, is one of 78 NHS Health Trusts across the country that will benefit from funding for new cancer testing and detection technology have been announced by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The new machines will improve screening and early diagnosis of cancer, and are part of the government’s commitment to ensure 55,000 more people survive cancer each year.
Last month the Prime Minister announced the extra £200 million in funding for new cancer screening equipment. 78 trusts will receive funding over the next 2 years to replace, refurbish and upgrade:
CT and MRI scanners – bringing in alternatives with lower radiation levels
breast screening imaging and assessment equipment
Replacing and upgrading machines will improve efficiency by:
making them easier to use
being quicker to scan and construct images
reducing the need to re-scan
This new equipment also brings new capability, with many machines enabled for artificial intelligence (AI) so the NHS is ready for the challenges of the future.
Each trust has been allocated funding for new machines based on an assessment of local infrastructure and local population need. They will all contribute to the NHS
Long Term Plan’s goal of catching three-quarters of all cancers earlier when they are easier to treat.
Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore, who has campaigned in support of Cossham Hospital since before being elected as an MP, said:
"I am delighted that Cossham hospital, along with the BRI, has been chosen to receive funding for a new MRI scanner.
This multi-million pound facility has the potential to increase the number of patient diagnoses for local residents, ensuring more patients can be seen, faster.
As Health Minister, I worked on this national announcement which will see £200m spent in 78 trusts across the country. I'm proud to have been involved in other recent announcements that have seen record levels of funding to the NHS.
It is fantastic news coming on the back of the recent announcement that Cossham Birth Centre will re-open, that Cossham continues to receive extra investment. In 2011, it was re-opened following a £20m refurbishment. Cossham hospital inspired my mother to become a NHS nurse after she was treated there, and I know that the hospital is close to many of my constituent's hearts. This announcement demonstrates that we will continue to protect and invest in our local NHS for the future."
Andrea Young, Chief Executive North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “We are very pleased that we are benefiting from this government funding announcement meaning our patients will have access to a new state of the art MRI scanner.”