Extremly long waiting time for CT and MRI scans.

These scans are requested by Consultants in many different specialities e g Orthopaedic, Medical, unless they are very Urgent and are not in patient, then the waiting list may be over a year, I know from experience.

My idea is to ask for furtherscanners to be acquired, this access would assist investigations, and move onto treatment plans thus reducing waiting lists and bed uses . More Immediacy.

We need more access and more availability.

Why the contribution is important

As stated   If a scan is required before a Consultant can deceide on Surgery or not, a treatment plan, a patient can receive treatment, move on, not having to be in considerable pain and reduced mobility for months or years, not working, ? Depression before a routine Health service time comes up..16 months later.  This is real.


A private scan is costly but would be done in two weeks!

by Fenella on July 02, 2018 at 07:15PM

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  • Posted by CLB July 06, 2018 at 21:37

    I think the problem relates more to staffing (inability to recruit) to be able to get through the waiting list.

    I'm not sure what the answer is but we need to address the shortfall to ensure waiting times are appropriate.
  • Posted by ManxMog August 05, 2018 at 10:50

    Personally I don't trust the current MRI machine. It is xxx years old, then second hand from the uk, broken most the time (apparently) and if that old (circa 15/20 yrs) unfit for purpose and possibly not picking up problems on the scan. It's horrendously noisy, claustrophobic, banging and clattering in head and uncomfortable for near an hour.
    In Liverpool, the same scan, you sit up and it's done in minutes with no discomfort.
    Need to buy a new and efficient scanner and government need to reallocated wasted monies to this dept.

  • Posted by manxklookie August 07, 2018 at 10:10

    The waiting time for an MRI scan is far too long and often the underlying cause of the condition requiring the scan has significantly deteriorated and subsequent treatment after the scan proves more intensive and costly due to the delay. I have first hand experience of paying for an MRI scan privately in London and had it done within a few days and the subsequent diagnosis and treatment that promptly followed saved me many months of pain and anxiety. I was back at work quickly with little impact to the NHS and Social Care in the Isle of Man but I am still paying my NHI each year so effectively paying twice. Maybe there should be a tax allowance where someone eases the burden on the NHS by paying for private treatment...OR maybe a priority scheme on NHS for an additional fee that gets scans done 'out of hours' a bit like the premium for driving tests on a Saturday.
  • Posted by Nicola2IOMGov September 11, 2018 at 20:21

    I would like to see waiting times for scans to come down so treatment can start in a shorter space of time.

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