Radiology revamp at The Friarage Hospital
LOCATION: NORTH EAST | PROJECT AREA: PROJECT AND PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT | PROJECT STATUS: COMPLETED
Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital needed to up their diagnostic capacity, as part of a national programme to deliver clinical diagnostic services closer to patients’ homes. They wanted to transform part of their existing radiology department into a modern facility able to see many more people. They asked Community Ventures to manage the scheme.
The 15-month project saw the old radiology block transformed into a modern hospital department, creating a spoke site for the Tees Valley Clinical Diagnostic Centre programme, which also includes a town centre hub in Stockton and spoke sites at Hartlepool and Redcar.
Community Ventures worked with multiple stakeholders to arrive at the design solution for the new facility, applied for funding to develop the scheme, delivered it in a live hospital environment and coordinated the transfer of clinical services to alternative locations – including a mobile CT scanner in the car park – whilst the works were ongoing.
The result is a state-of-the-art facility, with two CT scanners, including a new £900,000 machine, viewing rooms, a new cannulation room, two new ultrasound rooms and a new dental scan room, as well as changing facilities and an accessible toilet.
As well as enabling the hospital to scan an extra 100 people every week, helping reduce waiting times and improving health outcomes for patients, the facilities will enable more heart patients to undergo scans at the Friarage, instead of having to travel to other hospitals.
"This is fantastic news for our patients across Hambleton, Richmondshire and beyond who will benefit from faster imaging and access to more diagnostic appointments closer to home. The new scanner is the highest specification scanner we have got across the whole department and it’s great to see it benefitting our Friarage patients."