Most urgent cases are being prioritised at North Devon District Hospital after a rise in demand for CT scans, says health trust

Some patients are having delays in the CT scans at North Devon District Hospital after a surge in demand.

Barnstaple county councillor Brian Greenslade recently said he had written to Northern Devon Healthcare Trust chief executive Alison Diamond after hearing about delays in scans.

The Gazette asked for a statement from NDHT and was told by Andy Ibbs, director of operations and strategy, there had been a rise in the number of patients needing a CT scan.

He said: “Our radiographers are prioritising scans for our patients who need diagnostics most urgently, and this has resulted in a delay for some of our patients.

“We have written to all patients who have been affected to apologise and are working to rearrange appointments as quickly as possible.

“Nationally there has been an increase in demand for diagnostics and we are carrying out an urgent review to look at a number of ways to manage this increasing demand. We would like to thank local people for their patience during this time.”