CT Scanner at King’s
A CT Scanner is used by doctors to make very detailed images of the inside of patients’ bodies, for quick and accurate diagnosis. This is especially crucial in the Emergency Department, where every minute counts.
The scanner next to King’s A&E was funded by your generous donations and is there especially for major trauma and stroke patients.
Every minute counts
The CT scanner can scan a person from head to toe in just 15 seconds. The technicians can take a picture of a patient the moment they arrive in A&E, which cuts the time to diagnose someone. When it’s a stroke or trauma, that really matters.
Some patients can now be taken to theatre from CT in less than an hour of arriving at King’s, and thanks to the scanner, the time it takes to treat blood clots in stroke patients has greatly improved.
19,000 patients went through the scanner last year, which is an average of 52 patients a day.
If you’ve ever watched Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E, you will have seen the scanner in action and the difference it makes.
‘To have the CT scanner in our emergency department is amazing,’ says Sister Jen Du-Prat, who has worked in King’s Emergency Department for over 10 years.
‘Thanks to King’s College Hospital Charity we’ve been able to ensure that our patients get timely treatmentand also very timely diagnosis so we can do the best care possible for them.’
On May Day bank holiday 2013, Katie was waiting in Richmond Park for Adam, who was cycling to meet her. When she called to find out where he was, a policeman answered Adam’s phone.
He had been the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Clapham, resulting in severe injuries which needed urgent treatment. He suffered bleeds on the brain and a fractured skull.
‘It was horrendous,’ Katie says. ‘They had three surgical teams on standby – neurology, maxillofacial and fracture – for when he arrived. I was alone, as I couldn’t get hold of our mum, but the doctors and nurses were amazing, and so lovely to me.’
‘They did CT scans before we were able to see Adam so we were waiting for about two hours. The nurse was telling me his progress and she was quite gentle, which you really need at the time because you don’t know what to expect.’
Adam was operated on in the same day. Thanks to the CT scanner, King’s staff were able to quickly assess Adam’s injuries in order to give him the best possible treatment, as soon as possible.
Adam was discharged after a fortnight but still needed three months off work. He’s receiving follow-up care at King’s for problems such as deafness in one ear, reduced sight and some balance and memory problems – but he’s now back at work full-time.
‘He’s a real fighter,’ says Katie.
Katie was inspired to fundraise for King’s after seeing the care and treatment Adam received and ran the London Marathon 2015 to raise money for the hospital.
You can help us to buy life-saving equipment at King’s by taking part in an event like Katie.