Bid for new MRI scanner could make life easier for town’s hospital patients

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jpco-3-10-12 Crawley Hospital (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120120110143516

A mobile MRI scanner could be on its way to Crawley Hospital.

If a planning bid for the scanner is approved, patients would no longer have to travel to East Surrey Hospital for scans.

NHS Property Services has submitted an application for a mobile MRI scanner outside the hospital’s Green Wing.

“The hospital has identified an opportunity to improve the service offered to patients by providing an MRI scanner on site to enhance the medical imaging facilities,” said a design and access statement submitted by the hospital.

“The creation of a permanent MRI installation is a complex and expensive process so to improve the hospital’s service to patients quickly, and to establish the long-term viability of the unit, the hospital wishes to locate a mobile MRI unit on the staff car park area in front of Green Wing.”

The staff car park where hospital bosses want to place the mobile unit currently has 12 spaces.

It would be closed on the days the unit was parked. However, changes to the access road would create an extra two spaces at other times.

MRI scans are used to detect and diagnose a host of conditions including most ailments of the brain, sports injuries and prostate problems.

If approved, the unit would offer an appointment-only service to patients referred by the trust.

Patients would check-in at the Green Wing reception before going to the self-contained unit, which would include changing facilities.

The bid for the scanner comes just ahead of the launch of a new service across Brighton, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex for people with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions in October.

Sussex MSK Partnership has been named as the preferred bider for the contract to provide a new ‘joined-up, integrated service’ for people with joint and muscle conditions across central Sussex.

The scanner is expected to be just one of the ways treatment for those with MSK conditions is changed.

The full application, number CR/2014/0548/FUL, is available to view at

Because it is a delegated decision, the application will be decided by planning officers rather than Crawley Borough Council’s development control committee.