On Tuesday 3 September, NHS England and Improvement, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT), and InHealth announced that PET-CT scanning services would remain at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
Earlier this year, ‘InHealth’ were awarded the contract for PET-CT services in Oxfordshire, however this led to a number of concerns over a change in location and operator.
Robert, along with his Oxfordshire colleagues, campaigned to retain services at the Churchill hospital, ensuring they continued to be run by OUHFT’s world-class staff. Today, Robert welcomed news that the scanners would continue to be provided by OUHFT.
Following the announcement, Robert said: “I’m delighted OUHFT are retaining PET-CT services on the Churchill site and this is really positive news for healthcare in Oxfordshire. The services and staff are world-class so it was so important to keep them in our area.”
Alongside the Churchill, new scanning facilities will be based in Milton Keynes (Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), Swindon (Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and Reading (Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust) provided by InHealth using highly skilled clinical staff. It is hoped that the arrangement will help reduce waiting times, as well as ensuring the easy transfer of scans and scan reports between different doctors and sites in more convenient locations for patients across the region.