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.
John, along with Oxfordshire colleagues, campaigned to retain services at the Churchill hospital and to ensure that they continued to be run by OUHFT’s world-class staff.
Following the announcement, John said:
“I’m delighted that OUHFT are retaining PET-CT services on the Churchill site. Their consultants and staff are world-class so it is important to keep them in the area."
Alongside the Churchill, new scanning facilities will be based in Reading (Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust), Milton Keynes (Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), and Swindon (Great Western Hospitals 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.