Newcastle Clinic’s open MRI scanner is the only option for patients from Scotland who require a scan and cannot tolerate a traditional MRI.
We’ve seen many patients from Scotland who are claustrophobic, of large-build or obese, who find it essential to travel to Newcastle in order to receive the medical care they need.
Scotland does not currently have any open MRI scanners to serve claustrophobic or obese patients. This is unfortunate, as more than a quarter of the Scottish population is considered obese and at least ten per cent suffer from claustrophobic fears.
There are a limited number of ‘wide bore’ scanners in Scotland. Most patients who are claustrophobic or obese are still uncomfortable in this type of scanner, which is just slightly wider than a traditional machine.
Newcastle Clinic’s open MRI scanner has no restrictive sides, so patients have plenty of space around them. It’s much quieter than other scanners, and patients can receive extra comfort by being accompanied by a friend or family member during the scan.
NHS referrals from Scotland
There’s one key difference between receiving a referral in Scotland as opposed to England – Scottish patients require a hospital referral, while English patients can request a referral from their GP or hospital consultant.
We require a referral because it is a legal requirement and it provides the necessary and carry on with your write up.
The NHS referral process is simple for Scottish patients: claustrophobic or obese patients just need to request a referral from a hospital.
Private referral from Scotland
Newcastle Clinic accepts private Scottish patients for the open MRI scanner as well as for ultrasound, or image intensification for pain relief injections. Patients will need a referral from their GP, or a hospital, consultant, physiotherapist, or other healthcare specialist for these services.
The cost of a private MRI scan varies depending on the area of the body being scanned. Patients can discuss options with their health insurance providers to determine if the cost is covered.
Your visit to Newcastle Clinic
If you are visiting the clinic from Scotland, please feel free to utilise our free parking lot, and find directions here. It’s easy to reach us if you’re travelling by train as well: we are located near the Ilford Road metro station, which is easily accessible from the Newcastle Central train station.
Newcastle Clinic strives to provide a simple way for patients to receive comfortable, stress-free medical imaging services. We provide a friendly yet professional service to patients from across the North East, Cumbia and Scotland.
Please contact us via the live chat box, contact form, by phone on 0191 281 2636 or email [email protected] to enquire about the price of a private scan, or to learn more about the referral process to our clinic.