Scottish health minister opens new imaging suite at Sick Kids

THE Health and Community Care Minister, Andy Kerr, has officially opened a new imaging suite promising better and swifter treatment for thousands of ill children and young people.

The new CT and MRI scanners at Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children will enable doctors to make quicker diagnoses and track the impact of treatment for more than 1,800 seriously-ill children and young people a year.

Andy Kerr, MSP, met patients benefiting from the £1.8m investment at the hospital today before unveiling a special commemorative plaque.

The new imaging suite was provided by NHS Lothian in partnership with the independent charity the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

Health Minister Andy Kerr said:

"This new imaging suite I am officially opening today is a fantastic facility which is substantially improving the care available for thousands of seriously ill children.
"This state-of-the-art centre demonstrates how the NHS is constantly improving the patient experience using innovative solutions.
"It is also a great example of good partnership working between the NHS and the voluntary sector, through the hospital's close partnership with the Sick Kids Friends Foundation."

Bob Anderson, interim chairman, NHS Lothian, said:

"We are delighted to have the minister here to open this vital new facility, which will keep the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at the forefront of paediatric medical technology. This new equipment allows a variety of new techniques to be used to obtain more information on conditions affecting our patients and informing their care."

NHS Lothian funded the purchase of the new MRI scanner for £1.25m, while the Sick Kids Friends Foundation donated £535,000 for the purchase and installation of the CT scanner.

Graeme Millar, the Chairman of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said:

"We are delighted that we were able to contribute to the funding for this new technology which means that the children treated at the hospital can benefit from the best that can be provided for them. We are very grateful to the Armstrong Foundation who made a major gift to this appeal for a new CT scanner and to the many other people who have fundraised hard to make sure that we were able to benefit sick children, who deserve the best scanning facilities that the NHS and ourselves together can provide."


Both scanners will benefit children with a wide range of conditions, from cancer and cystic fibrosis to brain injuries.