MRI Milestone in CircleReading construction

MRI Milestone in CircleReading construction

20 March 2012

 MRI scanner

Yesterday saw another milestone in the construction of the new hospital next to the Majedski stadium, Circle Reading, with the installation of an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner.  The 3 hour installation process required a crane and a team of 5 fitters.  It is the latest step in an extensive programme to fit the hospital with state-of-the art medical technology, and enable it to serve hundreds of NHS and private patients. 

The sophisticated piece of equipment uses magnets, radio waves and computer technology to produce images that will allow Circle's consultant partners to view highly refined areas of the body without surgery.  A high-quality MRI scanner can detect the early stages of serious health complications such as cancer, brain tumours and muscle and joint problems.

CircleReading is due to open in August 2012, and the 'John-Lewis' style, employee co-owned hospital group have received over 700 applications for a range of clinical, hospitality-based and administrative and managerial roles.  Anyone interested in these roles should continue checking www.circlepartnership.co.uk/about-circle/jobs for vacancies.

The hospital will offer a wide range of non-emergency tests and operations in luxury surroundings. The design concept has been to create a 'healing environment', with internal gardens, airy spaces and natural light. Private patients can choose to be treated there through their medical insurers, or by approaching the hospital directly. NHS patients all have a choice where they receive their hospital treatment, and can ask their GP to refer them for free NHS treatments. As well as the MRI machine, the hospital will feature five state of the art digital operating theatres, X-ray scanners, and 50 patient beds.

Steve Melton, Circle's Head of Mobilisation, said: 'Buying an MRI scanner is a big commitment for any new hospital.  At Circle, we're passionate about never giving our patients second-best, so investing in this cutting-edge, life-saving device was a no-brainer for us.'

For further information, please contact Christina Lineen on 07972192845

Notes to editors:

• Circle's flagship hospital in Bath has won numerous awards including 'Best Public Space' globally, 'Best Building' in the British Construction Industry Awards, and 'Best Customer Service' in the Bath Business Awards. Circle, which runs 5 other healthcare facilities in the UK, has over 4000 partners and is the largest healthcare partnership in Europe.