NHS England has announced the dates and locations of public roadshows about the future PET CT scanner service in South Essex.
PET CT is a diagnostic service predominantly used for cancer. It combines a CT scan and a PET scan into one scan to give more detailed information about a patient's cancer. A CT scan takes a series of X-rays from all around the body and uses a computer to put them together. A PET scan uses a very small amount of radioactive drug to show how body tissues are working.
Unlike the more familiar CT scans which is used in most hospitals, PET CT scans are provided in dedicated facilities in selected hospitals.
Currently PET CT scans are provided in a mobile unit two to three days a week, at Basildon Hospital. However, a clinical view has been put forward that suggests Southend Hospital would be a more appropriate home for the service in the long term.
Service commissioners NHS England are looking at both options closely and would like to hear from people in South Essex about the future location of the PET CT service before a decision is made in February next year.
Public roadshows will be held at:
- Chelmsford Library Wednesday 24th February 10am to 4pm
- Pitsea Library, Basildon Wednesday 2nd March 10am to 4pm
- Beehive Resource Centre, Thurrock Monday 7th March 10am to 4pm
- Southend Library Wednesday 9th March 10am to 4pm