Mobile MRI unit opens at Llantrisant Health Park – and sees 410 patients in first 28 days

A mobile MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) unit recently set up at Llantrisant Health Park to reduce waiting times has already seen 410 patients in the first 28 days of operation.

Patients across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region have already started to attend the new mobile MRI unit which opened its doors for the first time last month. The unit, a short walk from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, increases capacity for MRI scans in the health board, helping to reduce waiting times for patients and allowing them to access onwards treatment sooner.

Early access to diagnostic tests ensures patients receive timely care, reducing anxiety and delays in the diagnosis process.

Patient feedback is already reflecting the positive impact the unit is having:

“From entering the reception area I was treated with the uttermost respect. All of the facilities were in excellent order, toilet facility exceptionally clean… To mark out of ten I would be very happy to give ten out of ten. Excellent all round.”

“Easy parking. Efficient friendly staff who put you at ease and show care. Clean premises. A not-usually pleasant procedure made very easy”.

“Being a small unit I found it to be a much more pleasant and personal experience…”

The aim is for the MRI scanner to run for six months and continue to drive waiting times down.

Sharon Donovan, Superintendent Radiographer, also commented: “The initiative has been a big team effort and all staff involved have been a credit to our service; providing a warm welcome to patients and helping ensure its success in a short period of time.”

The mobile unit is located on the site where a new diagnostics and treatment centre for the South East Wales region will be developed. The new facility will further develop regional working between Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board to improve care and access to services by delivering accessible, safe and innovative services to thousands of patients each year.