EAST Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has installed two new state of the art MRI scanners.

The £3million investment at Burnley General Teaching Hospital will cut patient waiting times and improve diagnostic performance.

The state of the art machines provide more advanced and high-quality images.

The new technology means the time a patient spends in the scanner is significantly reduced.

This allows medical staff to perform more scans, reducing patient waiting times.

The system is also ‘whisper quiet’, giving patients improved comfort and a better experience overall.

The new scanners are housed in a purpose-built modular unit next to the new £10million Fairhurst building with a dedicated entrance for outpatients a connecting corridor from the main building for inpatients.

Carol Wood, radiology operations manager for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “As part of our work to restore services suspended due to Covid-19, the installation of the new scanners are instrumental in ensuring we can continue to deliver safe, personal and effective care to all of our patients.

"Their arrival has already significantly improved our patients' experience and lifted staff morale.

"Looking to the future, we hope having the most up to date equipment will help us attract new and additional staff to the trust.”