BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford announces enhanced diagnostics service with launch event

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On Friday 21st June, Rt Hon Anne Milton, Guildford MP, marked the official opening of the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital launch event, in announcement of the recent investment in the new PET CT cancer diagnostic scanner at the hospital.  Anne Milton officially cut the ribbon alongside the BMI Healthcare CEO, Karen Prins and CEO of imaging investment partner The Imaging Clinic Limited, Tony Lopez. The PET CT scanner is the first of its kind across the BMI Healthcare private hospital network in England, Scotland and Wales, and represents a significant investment by BMI Healthcare into cancer services. 


Now installed in a new purpose-built suite, the hospital is equipped to provide immediate high quality diagnostic investigations for patients. With PET CT scanners generally only found in the larger cancer centres this investment at BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital provides patients access to earlier, more accurate, diagnosis of potential cancer, as well as the management of known cancers. In addition PET CT scans can accurately localise foci of infection and inflammation and is also useful in differentiating between various types of dementia.  The hospital has undergone a significant re-design and development to facilitate and house the new PET CT Scanner.

Anne Milton comments: “It is fantastic to see the significant investment that has gone into cancer services at BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital and will make a great difference to the diagnosis and treatment of patients.”

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Executive Director Leon Newth comments: “Our aim with the investment was to provide quicker on-site access to diagnostics. We know that quicker, more accurate diagnosis leads to prompter treatment and therefore, better patient outcomes. We have invested in equipment that not only provides the highest quality diagnosis to facilitate our radiology team, but the gently changing mood lighting and newly developed suite help to relax patients during examinations to further improve the experience.” 

“This unique partnership with consultant users created the opportunity of developing a rarely available service outside London, offering access as the hub of a cancer network as well as the ability to support the investigation of more chronic disease” commented consultant radiologist Dr Tony Lopez.

"We’re excited to be able to offer this service and to continue to enhance our provision of high quality medical care to the community.” Leon concludes.

Date: 4th September 2019