Your safety is our priorty

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre follows the latest recommendations issued by Public Health England and NHS England to keep you as safe as possible during your visit.

Risk assessments are mandatory for all our staff. Additionally, all centre areas have been subject to detailed risk assessments.

This section tells you what we do to protect you from Covid-19.

Hand sanitiser and face masks

We’re asking everyone to use hand sanitiser before entering the centre – it’s readily available at all entrances. We also ask everyone to wear face masks – if you have one of your own, please bring it with you.

Social distancing in our reception area

Those who have been to the centre before will notice real changes in our waiting room: we’ll ask you to stay 2m from others during queuing.

There’s a red line on the floor that we’d like you to stand behind when talking to the receptionists.

You’ll also be protected by a Perspex screen.

Chairs have been spaced out in the waiting area, so you won’t be sitting too close to anyone else.

 

We keep things clean

We clean chairs, pens and clipboards whenever they’ve been used, so they’re ready for the next person. The scanner will be cleaned before you get onto it and, again, once you’re off it. The same applies to changing rooms, which are cleaned between patients.

Talking of changing, you may want to bring your own dressing gown as it’s sometimes a little cold in the scanning rooms.

 

We limit visitors

To help avoid overcrowding, we may ask any family members and friends who come with you to return to their cars and wait for a call. If you do need help, though, we’re perfectly happy for you to bring someone with you – just let us know.

Our staff wear PPE to protect you

The staff you deal with, from receptionists to radiographers, will all be wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Different circumstances need different levels of PPE so don’t be worried by the fact that your receptionist isn’t wearing the same kind of PPE as your radiographer.

Our staff have weekly swab tests to protect you

The Mount Vernon site is a Covid-free hospital and as a result all our patient-facing staff are having weekly swab tests. Should they receive a positive test result, they will isolate immediately in line with national guidelines. 

Our consultants and referrers can view your scan images remotely

We have extended our CIMAR remote image viewer system to all our referrers in order to allow them to view scan images anywhere and at any time. This avoids them having to unnecessarily visit the centre, reducing footfall for your protection.

Find out more about how our remote image viewer helps your consultant.

Dr Kevin Chiu

 

Dr Kevin Chiu, Consultant Oncologist at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and Paul Strickland Scanner Centre remote image viewer (CIMAR) user.

What you can do

During your time at the centre, to do as we do: maintain social distancing when possible, wear a face mask, wash or sanitise your hands.

Before visiting the centre, please check the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the public and follow the advice issued by the authorities.

If you are attending an appointment, please follow the information in your letter very closely.

This short video by the World Health Organisation tells you what to do do keep yourself safe from Covid-19.