University Hospital, North Durham

Health written question – answered on 5th April 2005.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) at what capacity the existing NHS scanner at the University Hospital North Durham was working in each month since April 2004;

(2) what the capital costs were of providing the equipment to undertake CT and MRI scans at the University Hospital, North Durham;

(3) what the running costs of the equipment used for CT and MRI scans at the University Hospital, North Durham were in each year since purchase of the equipment.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

holding answers 4 April 2005

While information on the capital costs of trusts is held centrally, it cannot be analysed individual assets.

The average cost of a computerised tomography (CT) scanner is around £450,600 to £500,000, excluding value added tax (VAT). A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is around £700,000 to £750,000, excluding VAT.

These costs are only guides and would vary depending on equipment supplier and configuration. They only cover the scanners themselves and do not include any peripheral equipment needed to provide the service.

Information on the running costs and current capacity of equipment is not held centrally.

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