A project to build a new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) has begun, as representatives from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust (DCDT) and Dame Rosie Winterton MP officiated at the ceremonial groundbreaking event.
This development is a result of the acute hospitals receiving £4.9 million from the Department of Health and Social Care, which was awarded to thanks to a bid put forward by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (of which DBTH is a key member), to build the brand new facility at DRI, with additional support from DCDT to purchase an additional CT scanner.
CT scanners use X-rays to create detailed images of inside the body. The scans are carried out by specially-trained operators called radiographers and are crucial for diagnosis, guiding further tests or treatments, and are instrumental in diagnosing and monitoring conditions such as cancer.
Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust has supported DBTH since the 1970s, raising more than £10 million. Starting in 1972 by donating a ‘bronchoscope’, the charity has since purchased more than 80 pieces of specialist medical equipment for DRI. Their latest project has been steadfastly fundraising for the new CT scanner at DRI, raising £500,000 to purchase the much-needed device. The charity is unique in that it has no paid fundraisers, all members are volunteers and is dependent on the donations and support of local residents, businesses and organisations.
Increasing CT capacity with this investment and development at Doncaster Royal Infirmary is also key to fulfilling the Trust’s Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) commitments. Work which took place last year across all partners within the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS) concluded that the number of HASU in the region should reduce from five to three, with DBTH maintaining and expanding its service. This change will increase the number of stroke patients seen within Doncaster meaning increased CT capacity is paramount in ensuring patients receive effective thrombolysis treatment.
The project to build the new CT suite began Friday 15 February and is being undertaken by Vinci Construction. The building works will take around 54 weeks to complete and, it is hoped, the facility will open in March 2020.