The Imaging Department is extremely well equipped and provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and interventional services. Each service tends to be referred to as a modality, please see below for opening hours and a brief outline of each service.
We have a large multidisciplinary team comprising of Radiologists, Radiographers, Sonographers, Senior Nurses, Imaging Assistants, Administrators and Porters. Patients will always receive a friendly and professional welcome. We pride ourselves in delivering a patient focussed service with a maximum waiting time of four weeks for most routine examinations.
The department provides plain film xray support for GPs, outpatient clinics, in-patients, dental and fluoroscopy.
Monday to Friday, 8.30- 17.00
Walk-in access for chest xray opening times:
Monday to Friday, 9.00-12.00 and 13.30-16.30
Please note – Patients may be asked to change into a gown for certain xray procedures.
This department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing plain film xray support to our Emergency Department and Acute Wards.
The CT department has two GE scanners, Discovery HD with the latest dual energy capabilities and an OPTIMA 660 with organ dose modulation. We carry out a large range of CT examinations including colonography studies and cardiac scanning. CT is open 7 days per week:
Monday to Friday, 8.00 – 20.00
Saturday and Sunday 8.00 – 18.00
Emergency CT is available 24 hrs per day
The department has two MRI scanners carrying out a large range of examinations. MRI is open 7 days a week:
Monday to Friday 07.00 – 21.00
Saturday and Sunday 8.00 – 18.00
General Medical Ultrasound
General medical ultrasound covers abdominal, soft tissue and vascular examinations. Our general medical ultrasound department is open 7 days per week:
Monday to Thursday 8.00 – 20.00
Friday 8.00 – 16.30
Saturday and Sunday 8.30 – 16.30
Maternity Ultrasound Department
Our Maternity Ultrasound Department is based in our Women’s Health Unit, the opening times are below:
Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 8.00 – 16.30
Tuesday, 8.00 – 20.00
Please see our policy on Fetal Sexing for pregnant women who attend our Ultrasound Department.
Nuclear Medicine Department
Nuclear Medicine Department opening times:
Monday to Friday, 8.30 – 17.00
This department involves the use of radioisotopes to assist in specialist imaging and also includes bone densitometry (DEXA) scanning.
Waiting times for all diagnostic services are low. The national waiting time targets are to see patients within six weeks but this department strives to provide a faster response and is working towards extending patient choice of appointments wherever possible. Please see our Patient Access Policy for further information.
Referrals & Clinician Guidance
All Imaging referrals are either supported by a specialist pathway or by appointment (other than walk-in chest xray access). The service is open to direct access GP referrals through electronic ordering in ICE with reports readily available through the same mechanism. Consultant Radiologists may be contacted for further opinion on reports and for clinical advice on the most appropriate examination for patients. Please see iRefer that may also be of assistance.
If you have any queries about your examination, or the service in general please contact us on 01582 7181560.