Diagnostics

Radiology

QVH’s fully equipped and digitised radiology service sees over 25,000 patients each year from the local community as well as from within the hospital. Our radiologists have particular expertise in head, neck and musculoskeletal imaging.

Our services include:

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanning
  • CT (computer tomography) scanning
  • ConeBeam CTscanner which local dentists can refer general dental patients to
  • General and dental X-rays
  • Specialised salivary gland service which includes stone removal and ductoplasty
  • Musculoskeletal joint injection under ultrasound
  • Barium examinations of the mouth to stomach (throat/oesophageal region)
  • Video Fluoroscopy with a multi-disciplinary team of speech therapist, radiologist and radiographer
  • Ultrasound scanning with colour Doppler (including DVT scans). No maternity services are offered here.

We are also an “Any Qualified Provider” (AQP) in Surrey,Sussex and Kent for the provision of non-obstetric ultrasound.

The radiology department operates Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm, with on call cover for emergency referrals. We carry out some MRI scans using a translocatable MRI unit which can be found in the car park near the clocktower.

GPs can refer patients directly to QVH for imaging tests, including CT and MRI. If for any reason we are unable to accommodate referrals, we are able to arrange for them to be carried out at neighbouring NHS trusts.

If you have general queries or need appointment information please contact the radiology admin team by phone on 01342 414249.

For clinical questions please contact Sarah Solanki, Radiology Service Manager on 01342 414429 or the consultant radiologist, Dr Bruce Smith on 01342 414432.

Do you a nervous patient or have additional needs?

If you have been referred to QVH for MRI and are a nervous patient, please contact the team on 01342 414249 about visiting the scanner prior to your appointment. This will give you the opportunity to look at the scanner and speak to the team.

The MRI also now offers some paediatric scanning (not suitable for extremely young children or those requiring general anaesthetic). The team work with our Peanut children’s ward play specialist to help prepare children prior to their scan.

If you or someone you care for has special educational or additional needs and you would like to speak to us about extended appointment times, please contact the department on 01342 414249. We can facilitate longer appointment times where necessary and have named staff with enhanced skills to support individuals during appointments (subject to their availability). We also have an easy read leaflet about CBCT (Cone Beam CT) scans you can find here.

Histopathology

QVH provides specialist histopathology services (the microscopic examination of body tissues) in its fully equipped and specialist laboratory. We process over 17,000 specimens each year from patients in Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Our Consultant Histopathologists have particular expertise in head and neck pathology, breast pathology and skin pathology.

GPs and dentists can refer samples directly to QVH for histopathology, including skin and oral biopsies. We maintain the highest standards of diagnostic quality and turnaround times with performance well within the 10 day turnaround standard laid out by the Royal College of Pathologists.

The Histopathology Department operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

If you have any queries about the Histopathology service at QVH, please contact Fiona Lawson, Pathology Services Manager, on 01342 306634 or one of our Consultant Histopathologists on 01342 414270.

Microbiology

Microbiology services (the study of micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria) are provided by the team at BSUH, headed by Marc Cubbon.

Page last updated: 5 February 2024.

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Radiology images

Radiology may use your images for teaching or research purposes, please inform the radiology department if you do not consent to this. Thank you.

Histopathology consultants