United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust announced last month that £250,000 was to be invested in new x-ray and imaging technology at Skegness Hospital. This forms part of a wider £3.8 million investment programme for all of the hospitals across the county, which aims to improve the technology available to doctors and patients.

The Government provided the Trust with a £2.6 million funding boost, and the Trust has funded a further £1.2 million internally. The money is being used to replace imaging equipment that has been used for over 10 years, which includes CT scanners, breast scanners, MRI and X-ray machines.

The Trust announced that they hope that this will improve the quality of images that they are able to produce, which will also improve the care provided to patients. With better imaging, it is hoped that diagnosing injuries or disease will be easier and quicker.

In January 2022, a new X-ray area is due to open at Skegness Hospital. Improvements are being made to install new imaging equipment and provide training to the staff responsible for the machines. Until January 2022, this may mean that patients have to attend other hospitals around the county for imaging, but the long term progress will be beneficial to patients attending Skegness Hospital.

Can I bring a claim arising out of radiology mis-diagnosis?

Yes, it is possible to bring a clinical negligence claim following the failure to diagnose an injury or condition from the imaging produced.

Radiology is the term that covers investigations through imagines, from simple X-rays to complex MRI scans. Radiology can be key in providing patients with early diagnosis, and ensuring that they receive the appropriate treatment in a timely manner.

While the majority of images are correctly produced and reported by the Radiology team, there are circumstances where an injury or disease may be missed from the imaging. The images may be misinterpreted, or the Radiologist may fail to convey any abnormality to the treating clinicians that requested the images.

In these cases, there may be a delay in diagnosis, and this can result in a worsening of the condition. Treatment may be delayed, causing patients unnecessary pain and suffering, but in more severe cases, the injury can progress, resulting in more extensive treatment being required.

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If you have been affected by a missed diagnosis from radiology tests, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us on 01522 561020 or email wecanhelp@ringroselaw.co.uk to discuss your claim with our specialist Clinical Negligence team.

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