Princess launches hos­pi­tal’s new unit

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HILLING­DON Hos­pi­tal gave a royal wel­come as Princess Anne un­veiled a plaque and opened their new state of the art fa­cil­ity for nu­clear medicine. HRH The Princess Royal was wel­comed on Tues­day, March 8 by the trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Shane DeGaris along with other mem­bers of the trust board.

He said: “We were de­lighted to wel­come the Princess Royal to­day to of­fi­cially open the nu­clear fa­cil­ity.

“The new fa­cil­ity is a break­through in of­fer­ing our team a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of our pa­tients as ef­fec­tively and quickly as pos­si­ble.

“The cen­tre not only pro­vides pa­tients and their fam­i­lies with a more con­ve­nient, com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment, but also en­ables a quicker and more re­li­able di­ag­no­sis.”

The royal vis­i­tor was given a tour of the cen­tre by su­per­in­ten­dent ra­di­ol­o­gist Lubna Hus­sain, where she met mem­bers of staff, be­fore be­ing given a demon­stra­tion of the SPECT CT scan­ner.

Mr DeGaris added: “The jour­ney to bring­ing this fa­cil­ity to the trust has taken many years of hard work and it is thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of the ra­di­ol­ogy team that we can be proud to now of­fer this ser­vice to our pa­tients.”

The £900,000 SPECT CT scan­ner, which is the fo­cal point of the cen­tre, com­prises of a gamma cam­era with an in­te­grated di­ag­nos­tic CT scan­ner.

The equip­ment com­bines the best aspects of two dif­fer­ent types of imag­ing in one piece of equip­ment, and pro­duces more ac­cu­rate, com­bined clin­i­cal im­ages.

SPECT CT pro­vides a sub­stan­tially im­proved ser­vice for pa­tients dur­ing their treat­ment as it can speed up di­ag­no­sis and they need to at­tend fewer ap­point­ments.

This is par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for un­well and frail pa­tients whose stress and anx­i­ety at at­tend­ing mul­ti­ple hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments can be greatly re­duced.

Janet Robin­son, the first pa­tient to be treated in n the new fa­cil­ity was one ne of the sev­eral to speakak to the Princess Royal.

She said: “I very much en­joyed meet­ing the Princess Royal and shar­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence of the cen­tre with her.

“The team that treated me were ex­cel­lent and thanks to this new scan­ner I’m ’m sure many oth­er­her peo­ple will ben­e­fit in the years to come.”

Her Royal High­ness un­veiled a plaque mark­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the cen­tre, be­fore be­ing waved off by pa­tients, staff and vol­un­teers.

Speak­ing af­ter the event, Mr DeGaris added: “We are de­lighted that the princess made time in her busy sched­ule to visit the Trust.”

n GREET­ING: Princess Anne meets Dr Mon­ica Whit­tle and Con­sul­tant Ra­di­ol­o­gists Dr Chris Wil­liams, Dr Robin Kan­tor and Dr Zarni Win

n AT THE NEW FA­CIL­ITY: Su­per­in­ten­dent ra­di­ol­o­gist Mrs Lubna Hus­sain with HRH the Princess Royal

n Chief ex­ec­u­tive Shane DeGaris wel­comed the Princess Royal to Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal

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