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DO YOU REMEMBER: Photo shows moment Paul Strickland Scanner Centre in Northwood was opened

 Published on: 29th October 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This month’s historical picture from NorthwoodNews comes from Thursday, March 20, 1986, the day the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre was opened by Katharine, Duchess of Kent.

To this day, the centre remains a world-renowned location for patients who need MRI, CT, and PET-CT scans, with particular expertise in full-body MRI and specialist prostate cancer scans.

Attached to the Mount Vernon Hospital, it opened following the acquisition of funds through the medical staff appealing to the general public for aid. This fundraising was spearheaded by the hospital’s then director of oncological services, Dr Paul Strickland, who the centre is named after.

Fundraising for the centre is still very popular, with many people every year running marathons, completing challenges and selling off items to help provide the money for new scanners and medical research.

Do you have any memories of the scanner centre, or Mount Vernon? If so, send them to our address at, and they could feature in next month’s magazine.


Photo credit: Richard Gardner, Shutterstock

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