PATIENTS will benefit from almost £3 million invested in new radiology equipment by hospital bosses.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), which manages Fairfield Hospital has invested £2.9 million in new CT and mammography equipment for radiology departments in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and North Manchester hospitals.

Paul Barker, senior directorate manager for radiology and neurophysiology, at The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said: “This significant investment in new CT and mammography equipment at our Oldham, Bury & Rochdale and North Manchester Care Organisations will make a huge difference to the quality of care patients attending our radiology and Breast Centres receive.

"Patients across the north east of Greater Manchester who attend our hospitals can now rest assured that our staff will be treating them with state of the art technology.”

Patients who attend for a computerised tomography (CT) scan at Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and at Rochdale Infirmary will all benefit from the recently installed modern CT scanners.

CT scans provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays and are used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical and surgical treatment.

Patients with breast problems attending breast clinics at Royal Oldham and North Manchester General hospitals will now benefit from the recent installation of new state of the art mammography equipment.