New funding for Hertfordshire hospital

Posted on Mar 06, 2012

GOVERNMENT NHS funding announced today will be used for a second MRI scanner at the Lister and a replacement radiotherapy machine at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. The cash injection of £6.5m will fund a second MRI scanner at the Lister hospital in Stevenage, which will be installed at a cost of £2.1m; a £3.26m replacement radiotherapy linear accelerator, with CT scanner, for the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and £1.14m will go on upgrading the specialist endoscopy decontamination service at the Lister.

The Lister and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre are two of the many hospitals across England to receive funding for a wide range of new equipment in this round of funding announced by the Department of Health. The £6.5 million shot in the arm follows successful bids made to NHS Midlands and East, comes out of an overall investment of £330 million being made in the NHS.

Commenting on the investment Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “I want patients across east and north Hertfordshire, as well as those who use the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, to get the best care and treatment.

“We have saved money in central capital budgets this year, which means we can spend more money on improving NHS facilities.

“This will mean that more patients using the Trust’s hospitals will benefit from the latest state-of-the-art equipment.”

The Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, said: “As one of only three NHS organisations in the East of England to have been successful in its application for this additional funding from the Department of Health, we were delighted to be told that three of our projects – representing a total investment of £6.5 million – has been allocated to the Trust. We’re now working hard to get the new services at the Lister and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre on line as soon as possible.”

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