The Health Minister has announced that he has made £2.75m available for an MRI Scanner at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The Minister was speaking at a Strictly Come Dancing fundraising event at the weekend for the development of the paediatric scanner service.
Mr Poots said: “Ensuring access to appropriate diagnostic services is essential in the treatment of children. That is why the provision of MRI Scanner services within the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children is a real priority.
“I am delighted to announce that I have conditionally approved the business case in respect of the scanner and will invest £2.75m from my Department’s capital expenditure programme for this project.”
The Health and Social Care Board will provide ongoing running costs of £1.9m per year. This total investment will go alongside £2m funds raised through the Scanner Appeal.
The Minister said: “I would like to thank and congratulate all those who have been involved in raising much needed funds for the Scanner Appeal. This partnership working will ensure this vital service is delivered and your commitment will make a real difference to the children and families in need of these facilities.”
Work will now begin in securing the MRI Scanner service for the RBHSC. It will be used in the diagnosis of a wide range of medical conditions, including cancer. It is expected that work will be completed in 2013 and 2014.