Football legend opens Spire Thames Valley's new MRI and imaging department

Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson was the special guest when Thames Valley Hospital unveiled its new MRI scanner and imaging department.

The League and Cup double-winning Gunner’s hero cut the tape at the new development which is the result of a £900,000 project.

Taking centre stage in the unit is a state-of-the Magnetom 1.5T MRI scanner, which will put the hospital at the leading edge when it comes to scanning technology.

With its wider and shorter tunnel, the scanner is a boost to patients who have been worried about the ‘trapped in’ sensation that was sometimes experienced in older models. It also has mood lights to improve the patient experience too, while quicker scanning times will also means patients actually spend less time in the tunnel.

Remembering the injuries he suffered during the 60s and 70s – when a cold sponge was considered the only treatment you needed – Bob said he was fascinated by the advances in medical technology and only regretted that it wasn’t available in his playing days!

Hospital Director Philip said “I am delighted to see the Magnetom 1.5T MRI in our hospital and I am confident it will be a boost to healthcare services in the entire region. This is a considerable investment for Spire Thames Valley Hospital and reinforces our commitment to deliver outstanding patient care.”

Philip also presented a cheque for £1,000 to Bob and his wife Megs for the foundation they set up in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. The Willow Foundation is dedicated to bringing special days to seriously ill people aged between 16-40 years of age. The donation will provide one special day for a young person and their family.


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