Ross welcomes NHS Grampian plans for an MRI scanner at Dr Gray’s

Moray MP Douglas Ross has welcomed confirmation that NHS Grampian intends to install an MRI unit in Elgin after he raised this issue on behalf of a number of constituents.  If situated in Elgin it would remove the need for people in Moray to have to travel to Aberdeen for scans.

Commenting Douglas said: “I had a number of constituents contact me after they had to make the long journey to Aberdeen, often by public transport, for what could sometimes be a short appointment. I wrote to NHS Grampian to ask if they would consider having a MRI unit at Dr Gray’s so that Moray residents could benefit from having local appointments.

“The reply from NHS Grampian is very positive and welcome and I am pleased to see that work is now underway to secure a permanent new MRI scanner for Dr Gray’s. Discussions to secure funding from the Scottish Government are ongoing and feasibility work is being undertaken at the hospital.  I have now also written to the Scottish Health Secretary urging the Scottish Government to support these plans.

“This has the potential to make such a positive difference for patients in Moray if they can have their scan at a local hospital rather than having to travel to Aberdeen, and I am pleased NHS Grampian have listened to the concerns of local patients that I have relayed to them.

“I look forward to receiving updates from NHS Grampian and the Scottish Government about the progress being made towards what will be a very welcome investment at Dr Gray’s Hospital.”