Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Tameside and Glossop NHS Trust  .jpgbased in Greater Manchester, has been successful in securing £2.4million from NHS England for an additional MRI scanner.

Due to be installed by April 2023, the arrival of the new scanner comes as part of the wider work of the Greater Manchester Imaging Network, which Tameside and Glossop is a member of.

The new Canon scanner will provide a robust long-term solution for the Trust, helping to ensure capacity keeps up with demand and meets the future needs of the service.

It will support all cancer services, including the Head and Neck service, in its aspirational efforts to reduce waiting times for scans from 16 days to 7 days. This will help keep waiting lists down and meet the needs of patients locally by ensuring they are scanned and directed to the correct pathway as quickly as possible.

Karen James OBE, Chief Executive at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The MRI scanner adds resilience to our Radiology department, and ensures we can meet the current and future needs of our population. The Greater Manchester Imaging Network has provided their full support throughout the funding process and we thank them wholeheartedly for their hard work in helping us secure the new scanner.”

Chris Sleight, Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Imaging Network said, ‘Being able to support Tameside and Glossop NHS Trust with securing the funding for the MRI scanner was a priority aim of the network. I am delighted the network have been able to help finally achieve the Trust’s long-standing ambition for locally dedicated MRI capacity to meet the needs of the patients of Tameside and Glossop. I am also delighted for the Radiology staff; who much deserve to work with state of the art technology. Having this successful outcome is an excellent example of the value of the network in supporting our hospitals to provide a high level of service to patients.’