Former Health Secretary and Sheriff of Hull Virginia Bottomley opened a new £4.5m PET-CT scanning centre at Castle Hill hospital in Cottingham.
The Jack Brignall Scanning centre brings world class diagnostic services for cancer, heart disease and shortly dementia to North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire and has been made possible by leading local medical research charity the Daisy Appeal.
Baroness Bottomley, who is also the Chancellor of the University of Hull, unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening on Monday, July 14th, in front of a distinguished crowd of charity trustees, donors and local dignitaries.
She was joined by Daisy Appeal founder Professor Nick Stafford, who addressed guests about the benefits of the PET-CT scanner as well as giving guided tours of the new centre.
The PET-CT scanning centre is the first of its kind in the UK and replaces a mobile scanner which visited the region just two days per week.
It means a great many more patients can get access to scans each year potentially saving thousands of lives across the region.
The Daisy Appeal is also funding vital research at the University of Hull into the use of radioactive tracers for diagnosing cancer, heart disease and dementia.
The work puts Hull at the forefront of diagnostic research into the three conditions, which are among the UK’s biggest killers.
Professor Stafford said he was particularly pleased Baroness Bottomley was able to perform the official opening ceremony due to her links with Hull and her former role as health secretary.
He said: “Virginia Bottomley is well known as a champion of Hull and the wider region, her role at the university and her former position as health secretary, so it is extremely fitting that she should agree to officially open the Jack Brignall Scanning Centre.
“The centre is the product of a lot of hard work by a great many people and it is an extremely proud day to see it finally declared open. The health benefits it will bring to the people of Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire are immeasurable and as the research at Hull University continues, they will grow over the coming years.”
The Daisy Appeal now intends to raise a further £2m to construct a building next to the Jack Brignall Scanning Centre which will house a tabletop cyclotron – a device which makes radioactive tracers used when scanning for certain conditions such as dementia and heart disease.
The cyclotron – which forms part of the £2m needed – will mean bespoke tracers can be made on site, leading to a greater range of illnesses being diagnosed.
The new PET-CT scanner is being operated by Warwickshire-based diagnostic and molecular imaging company Alliance Medical.
David Loasby, Business Development Director, Alliance Medical said “We are delighted to be working with the Daisy Appeal and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to provide immediate access to PET/CT scanning in the area. We are committed to working in partnership to provide scanning to improve cancer outcomes as well as supporting research to drive further improvements in diagnosis and treatment.”