730 waiting for MRI scans

SEVEN hundred and thirty five children and adults were waiting for Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans in the Western Trust (WHSCT) at the end of last month.

A total of 660 adults were waiting for up to six weeks at the end of April and a total of 65 children were waiting for the same time period.

Health Minister Edwin Poots outlined the information in response to an Assembly Question.

At the end of March the Sentinel reported that radiographers at Altnagelvin were operating the hospital’s sole MRI scanner evenings and weekends to help reduce waiting times for children.

The Western Trust also said then that it planned to install a second MRI scanner on the Altnagelvin site to deal with the increase in demand as well as ensure resilience of services. It vowed that no child should have waited more than 9 weeks for a scan by the end of March.