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Doric Speaking Scanner, Most Advanced in the UK

  • Submitted by: Jackie Dunbar, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 07 February 2022
  • Motion reference: S6M-03028

That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement that the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, located at the Biomedical Imaging Centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, has recently undergone a £1.2 million upgrade; notes that the MRI scanner can deliver instructions to patients in 17 different languages, including French and Spanish, with the ability to add additional languages; believes that the ability to speak in a number of different languages, including the local dialect of the north east, Doric, will help to reassure patients at what may be an unnerving period; considers that, for a number of patients in the north east, hearing a well-known voice may help to reassure them and allow them to feel at ease, with, it understands, 36% of individuals in Aberdeen City identifying as Scots speakers; understands that the new scanner is one of the most up to date and advanced machines in the UK, with a 30% faster operating speed, and that it will help medical teams in the NHS Grampian health board area get clearer images, which, in turn will help lead to a more accurate diagnosis for patients, and believes that this will result in patients being able to get the care they need and deserve.

The Member has provided the following translation

Doric Spikin Scanner, Maist Advanced in the UK

That Pairliament is juist fair chuffed wi the recent annooncement aboot the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner that bides at the Biomedical Imaging Centre in Aiberdeen Royal Firmary that haes recently been riggit oot wi a new £1.2 million upgrade; notes that the MRI scanner can spik instructions tae fowk in sivinteen different languages includin French an Spanish, tae name juist a puckle, wi the ability tae add mair efter; unnerstaands  that throu the ability tae spik in a fair few different twangs, includin oor vera ain Doric, it will help gie fowk comfort at fit could be an affa scary time; unnerstaands that for a fair few fowk in the North East, hearin a weel kent accent will help pit them at ease as 36% o fowk in Aiberdeen alane associate theirsels wi spikin the Scots Language; further notes that the Doric spikkin scanner is ane o the maist up tae date machines in the UK, wi a 30% faister operatin speed an is set up tae help medical teams in the NHS Grampian Health Board area get clearer pictures fit in turn will help lead tae a mair accurate diagnosis for patients bein able toaeget the luikin efter they need an deserve.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Graeme Dey, Annabelle Ewing, Christine Grahame, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Kaukab Stewart, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba