NEWCASTLE Clinic has received backing from Yorkshire Bank to buy an open-sided scanner designed for larger patients.
The private Jesmond clinic has made use of the bank’s Newcastle Financial Solutions Centre to get help in buying an MRI scanner to replace its outdated model. It hopes the addition will attract more patients.
Managing director Shaun Fryer said: “Ours is a niche service supporting health professionals. Key to this is that our technology is not widely available in the NHS and is an open-sided scanner suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia.
“Open scanning appears to be more common in the south of the country and we believe ours is the only full-body, privately-operated scanner north of Cheltenham. The acquisition of the new scanner is central to our growth strategy and we expect, as word of its availability spreads, that we will double our annual patient intake within the next five years.”
Newcastle Clinic was set up in the 1960s by two local GPs, and has 16 staff as well as a turnover of more than £1m. It features 12 consultation rooms, and deals with more than 1,200 patients a year including NHS patients referred from North East hospitals as well as private patients requiring MRI, X-Ray and image intensification scanning services.
Funding through the Investing for Growth initiative was arranged through Yorkshire Bank Newcastle FSC asset finance partner Ian Thompson and business partner Chris Middleton.