A new state-of-the-art CT scanner is to be provided at Forth Valley Royal Hospital as part of a five year capital plan to improve healthcare premises and replace medical equipment across NHS Forth Valley.
Other equipment such as ultrasound scanners, defibrillators and blood pressure monitors which enable results to be sent directly to a patient’s electronic record will also be purchased over the next year along with new beds for community hospitals.
In addition, work will be undertaken to improve outpatient facilities at Stirling Community Hospital and build a new healthcare centre in Doune. These plans form part of an ongoing programme to maintain and improve primary care, hospital and health centre facilities across Forth Valley.
NHS Forth Valley’s Head of Medical Physics, Bryan Hynd said: “The new CT scanner will be able to produce high resolution pictures of any organ in a few seconds and provide sharp, clear, 3D images, including detailed views of blood vessels, in an instant. It will not only be suitable for routine diagnostic work but also more complex examinations including oncology, musculoskeletal and cardiac imaging.
“The speed of the image processing means quicker scan times which will increase the number of patients who can be seen each day and help reduce waiting times.”