Charity-funded CT scanner formally opened
King's staff and members of the hospital's charity came together on Friday to formally open the Golden Jubilee CT scanner, located next to the Emergency Department.
The scanner - which cost £1.5 million and was funded by King's College Hospital Charity - can scan a person head to toe in just 15 seconds, and is crucial to the hospital's role as a specialist stroke and trauma centre for London.
The Charity's Chair of Trustees Sir Anthony Merrifield officially opened the scanner, which is dedicated to the memory of former charity Chair John Collinson. Sir Anthony also thanked all those staff - clinical and non-clinical - who helped make the project such a success.
Over 12,000 patients were treated in the CT scanner during 2011/2012, with 8,000 patients transferred directly from the Emergency Department. As a result of the new scanner, the time to treatment of blood clots for stroke patients has greatly improved.
Many patients are now being transferred directly to the scanner on arrival at King's, bypassing resus so teams can diagnose their condition quicker than ever before, with some patients now being taken to theatre from CT in less than an hour of arriving at King's.
The impact of the scanner was shown in the Channel Four television programme, 24 Hours in A&E.