New GWH video takes you through every step of having an MRI scan

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LOCAL people can find out everything they need to know about having an MRI scan with a dedicated video produced for the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network.

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. The scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body and the results can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.

The video follows patient Becky’s experiences as she goes for an MRI scan at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, and shows you what to expect from the moment you receive your appointment letter through to the scan itself.

The film has already received 2,000 views and has been shortlisted for a British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Award.

Becky said: “I have been having MRI scans since the age of 14 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Before then I had never had any experience of being in hospital, so having my first MRI was quite daunting!

“When I was asked to be part of this video, I thought it was a great idea to help inform and reassure patients about what it’s like to have an MRI and help alleviate concerns such as where to go, what to wear and how long it lasts.

“Other patients who have seen the video before coming for their MRI have told me it has really helped put them at ease, which is great to hear.

“I’m really pleased that it has been nominated for a Patient Information Award.”

Stacey Caddick, Superintendent Radiographer at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “A similar video had been produced at Oxford University Hospital and we felt something similar would benefit patients here at GWH.

“We asked our patients what they would want from a patient information video and are really pleased with the results. We are very excited that it has been nominated for an award.”

The film was commissioned by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), which brings together the NHS, academia and industry to improve health and prosperity through clinical innovation in Swindon, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

After identifying a need for better information for patients about to have diagnostic scans, the Oxford AHSN Imaging Network began making a series of informative videos with Oxford Medical Illustration, NHS organisations and patients. In all, these films have had over 8,000 YouTube views so far.

Professor Fergus Gleeson, Oxford AHSN Imaging Network Clinical Lead, said: “We worked closely with patients to make sure these videos answer the right questions and reduce stress for people about to have an imaging test. While filmed in individual hospitals they are relevant to anyone about to have a diagnostic test.”

More Oxford AHSN patient information videos can be seen on YouTube.

The BMA Patient Information Awards will be held in London on Monday 12 September.

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