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£1.5million MRI Scanner Campaign Launched

November 23rd 2017

Today sees the launch of our new MRI Scanner Campaign to raise £1.5million to provide a much needed second MRI scanner for the hospital.

 MRI Ambassadors Photo

A second scanner will mean patients can have their MRI scans faster here at their local hospital. And cancer, stroke, heart and many other patients will benefit from the very latest MRI diagnostic techniques, reducing the need for invasive procedures.

The existing MRI scanner at Salisbury District Hospital helps thousands of local people each year. But it is now running at full capacity. This means more and more people are having to travel to other hospitals for their MRI scan or use a mobile scanner in the hospital car park.

10,000 local people each year will benefit from a second MRI scanner. The new scanner will help diagnose:

  • Cancer including prostate, childhood, breast, throat, liver, lung and bowel
  • Strokes
  • Heart conditions
  • Childhood disease and disability
  • Liver problems
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Arthritis, bone and joint damage
  • Brain injury and tumours
  • Eye conditions
  • Chronic back pain, sciatica, slipped discs
  • Many, many other conditions

Consultant Surgeon and Chair of the Stars Appeal MRI Scanner Campaign, Mr Graham Branagan, says:

“Advances in technology and medical expertise mean that MRI scans are becoming ever more useful to my colleagues and me in finding out how we can provide the most effective care and treatment for our patients. A second MRI scanner will enable us to provide local people with the best possible scans right here in their local hospital using the very latest MRI techniques. The NHS will fund all the running costs of the second MRI scanner. We need to raise £1.5million to buy and install it. Please join me and my fellow doctors and surgeons in supporting the Stars Appeal MRI Scanner Campaign - thank you.”

MRI launch group shot lecture theatre

You can help local people to get better faster, return home sooner and have a more positive hospital experience. Please click here to donate today. Your donation will help us to raise the £1.5million we need to buy and install the new MRI scanner.

To find out more about this project please visit our MRI Scanner Campaign page here.