Rebecca Evans AM welcomes new MRI scanner for Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, Wales

AM welcomes new MRI scanner for Glangwili

Rebecca has welcomed an announcement from the Welsh Government that a new MRI Scanner is set to be unveiled at Glangwili Hospital as part of a multi-million pound funding boost to provide the Welsh NHS with new state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to help reduce waiting times.

The announcement from the Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford is part of an investment package across the NHS in Wales, worth more than £8.5m in 2014-15, which will enable four health boards to buy new CT and MRI scanning equipment.

Welcoming the announcement, Mrs Evans said:

“This new MRI scanner at Glangwili will hopefully lead to a much quicker turnaround in diagnostics and subsequent treatment at the hospital. The Welsh Government is committed to reducing waiting times in the NHS and this new investment will help ensure people get the treatment they need sooner.”

£1.8m has been allocated for Hywel Dda University Health Board which will provide a new MRI scanner at Carmarthen’s Glangwili Hospital. The £8.5m investment is part of a wider new £14.9m package of Welsh Government capital funding for the Welsh NHS.

Professor Drakeford said:

“This multi-million pound investment clearly demonstrates this government’s commitment to the NHS. It will deliver state-of-the art technology to hospitals across Wales and will help reduce waiting times for diagnostic tests.

”Despite the pressures on the NHS, access to diagnostic tests is improving. However, I accept that in some cases, waits are still too long.

”Speeding up access to these tests will mean that patients get results faster, and can start their full treatment sooner, meaning overall waiting times should reduce.”