Harrogate’s Nightingale Hospital will open for CT scans


Last updated Jun 2, 2020

NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber will offer CT scans to some patients from June 4.

The temporary hospital has been on standby since its launch in April. This will be the first time that the facility will offer appointments.

It is equipped with clinical imaging equipment, which means it can also support the NHS in its recovery phase. When it opens, the hospital will provide outpatient appointments seven days a week for patients with radiology referrals.

The service is for patients who are well and mobile and it will provide a combination of diagnostic scans and surveillance scans, which are used to monitor patients with a prior diagnosis of a medical condition.

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Steve Russell, Chief Executive of NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“A number of NHS services have been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as hospitals have had to prioritise the care of patients with the virus. The measures taken to introduce social distancing and manage hospital demand have meant that we’ve not yet needed to use the NHS Nightingale Hospital for its original intended purpose. We’ve therefore taken the decision to utilise the equipment and begin offering CT scans at the facility so that we can get patients seen quickly.”

Every patient who attends the facility will be screened before their appointment to check that they don’t have the symptoms of Covid-19 and appointments will only be offered to those who are neither isolating, nor shielding.

Patients with additional needs, such as those who require interpreting services or patient transport, will continue to be seen at their local hospital to guarantee their specific needs can be met.

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