Date lodged: 9 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Lothian regarding the recent leak at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, which incapacitated the MRI scanner, and how it will ensure that the lessons learned from this incident are rolled out across the other NHS boards.
Answered by: Shona Robison 28 February 2018
The Scottish Government is in regular contact with NHS Lothian to discuss all key issues which impact on service delivery.
As far as possible, NHS Lothian minimised the impact on patients as they are aware that any delay in diagnosis or treatment can be worrying, especially for parents of young children and they were able to prioritise those patients requiring urgent MRI scans, and transfer them to other sites within and out with Lothian. Lothian Radiology Management and the Clinical teams worked in collaboration with Estates, Medical Physics and the supplier of the MRI to resolve the problem exercising the safety precautions required when working with an MRI scanner. Radiographers and Radiologists provided additional evening and weekend sessions on various sites in Lothian to minimise the impact. NHS Lothian were able to scan outwith normal working hours to reduce the waiting time for patients.
NHS Lothian will work with Scottish Government to ensure that any lessons to be learned from this incident are addressed appropriately.