"Nuclear medicine"

About: Queen's Hospital (Romford)

If preparation for a bone scan means the patient is unable to be near pregnant women and small children for 24 hours due to the radioactive material injected into the patient, why is the nuclear medicine department not accessible via its own dedicated entrance?

Patients are told by staff that they can leave the department and return three hours later for the actual scan, which means they walk through the main corridor and main entrance with hundreds of people walking through/around them.

How is this a sensible arrangement? How does this keep other patients/visitors to the hospital safe?

The staff tell the patient to avoid these people yet it is impossible to do so.

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Response from Queen's Hospital

Following the administration of the radiopharmaceutical necessary for a bone scan, patients are advised to avoid prolonged and close contact with pregnant women and children under the age of 5 years for a period of 13 hours.

In line with Nuclear Medicine departments in other UK hospitals, our department does not have designated access as the risk posed to other patients and members of the public is deemed minimal.

If any further information is required please contact PALS who will put you in contact with our Radiation Protection Adviser who can provide more detail. PALS Can be contact on 01708 435 454 or by email, pals@bhrhospital.nhs.uk

Yours Sincerely

Dr Nadeem Moghal

Medical Director

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