Exeter Nightingale MRI and CT scans helping to reduce waiting times for Torbay patients

Torbay Weekly

Torbay patients waiting for CT and MRI scans are benefitting from the increased provision available at Nightingale Hospital Exeter in a bid to reduce waiting times.

Like all NHS trusts, Torbay and South Devon Foundation NHS Trust have been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and waiting lists have grown considerably - meaning people are having to wait longer to be seen.

Staff are working hard to see as many people as they can and continue to provide a high quality, safe service.

Diagnostic imaging onsite at Torbay Hospital and mobile CT and MRI scanners which regularly visit Newton Abbot, continue in service.

However, without patients using the scanners available in Exeter, local staff will not be able to provide the imaging services needed and people will have to wait longer to be seen.

Dr Lesley Archer, clinical service lead for radiology, said: “We strongly encourage everyone who is offered a scan at the Nightingale Hospital to consider this carefully and attend there if they are able to do so.

“We know that when people are referred for CT or MRI scans they are understandably worried and anxious about what the outcome might be.

"The faster we can provide access to these scans, the sooner the results will be available to your clinicians who will then provide a diagnosis and/or reassurance as quickly as possible.

“If you are offered a scan at the Nightingale Hospital Exeter, please do accept it unless it is really impossible for you to get there.

"There is free parking on site and you will receive the same high standard of care during your appointment as you would receive here in Torbay and South Devon.”