6th February 2019
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) was delighted to welcome the Mayor of Luton, Councillor Naseem Ayub, to the official opening of its MRI suite transformation at the end of last week on 1 February 2019.
The MRI suite transformation is now complete consisting of a new departmental layout with installation of a 3rd state of the art Ingenia 1.5T magnet, new dedicated inpatient bed bays and new dedicated outpatient seating/changing areas. The transformation also includes replacement of existing magnets with dStream Philips upgrades, a new supporting infrastructure inclusive of chilled water supply and air handling unit.
The overall suite provides our patients with a friendly, comfortable, calming environment reducing patient anxiety and maximising the interaction between staff, patients and relatives. Significantly improved waiting times are to be delivered through the additional scan capacity and also with reduced scan times and a new wide-bore magnet with InBore Experience further reduces patient anxiety and claustrophobia through an immersive, multi-sensorial experience during the scan
Simon Nicholson, Imaging Manager, said: “The addition of the 3rd scanner and redesign of the department provides our patients with state of the art diagnostic MRI and a friendly and comfortable environment. We are delighted that the Mayor of Luton, Councillor Naseem Ayub, was able to attend and officially open the new facility.”
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.