Funding worth £9m agreed for three scanners and two tumour-destroying devices at Northampton General Hospital

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The Government has agreed to pay for upgrades to expensive cancer treatment and diagnosis machines at Northampton General Hospital.

Bosses at NGH have revealed they have been successful in a bid for £9.35 million of capital funding, part of which will pay for two replacement linear accelerators.

The machines treat cancer patients by accurately targeting tumours with high-beam radiation, leaving healthy tissue undamaged.

The money will also pay for a second MRI machine for full body scans using magnetic imaging, the hospital’s board papers say, plus a third x-ray based CT scanner plus a CT scanner replacement.

Lastly, the Department of Health has sanctioned three x-ray room replacements and an inventory system.

The second linear accelerator replacement is due for delivery imminently, and the remaining items will be purchased sometime in 2016/17.