Father Christmas Delivers at Salisbury District Hospital

Father Christmas delivers an early Christmas present to Salisbury District Hospital

Father Christmas and his elves made an extra special delivery to Salisbury District Hospital today, delivering a brand new MRI scanner. Instead of a sleigh, Father Christmas drove a crane and delivered the scanner through the roof into a brand new MRI scanner suite made possible by funds raised by The Stars Appeal the hospital charity.

The delivery of the scanner is the result of a joint working project between the Stars Appeal and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, with the first of two new MRI scanners arriving at the hospital today. A second scanner,  funded by the Stars Appeal, is due to arrive later in 2021

MRI scanner being lifted over Salisbury District Hospital photo by Alice Smith
Elf on the roof of new scanner suite guiding MRI scanner in photo by Alice Smith
MRI arrives in the new MRI scanner suite photo by Alice Smith

Andy Hyett, Chief Operating Officer said:

“At the end of an extremely challenging year, this is something really positive for the hospital and our patients so it felt only right to deliver this in an extra special way – we’re very grateful Father Christmas was able to help despite his busy schedule!”

Dr Rowena Staples, Paediatric Consultant and Stars Appeal Ambassador said: “By having two scanners we can make the diagnostics faster and get patients on the right pathway”.

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