MRI Scans

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the (a) waiting times and (b) number of patients waiting for an MRI scan at the (i) Ulster hospital, Dundonald and (ii) Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Data supplied by (i) Ulster hospital, Dundonald and (ii) Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast showing the latest available information on waiting times/lists for MRI scans is provided as follows.

(i) (a) In-patient average waiting time 1–2 days. Out-patient average waiting time 3–4 weeks.

(i) (b) 183 patients waiting.

(ii) (a) Average waiting time for an urgent MRI scan is within six weeks. Average waiting time for a routine MRI scan is 3–9 months.

(ii) (b) Approximately 1,200 patients waiting.

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