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Government Advice

The Government has issued the following instructions:

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

If you have symptoms

  • Stay at home if you have a high temperature (37.8 or above) or a new, continuous cough
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home

How long to stay at home

  • If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate and not leave your house for 7 days or until your symptoms are gone
  • If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible. Use the NHS 111 online service if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

If you have an upcoming appointment with us

If you have any queries related to an upcoming appointment you can reach our team by calling 01622 538153 or emailing

Request an appointment 01732 775 800

MRI Scan

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, often referred to as MRI, is a scanning method used at Sevenoaks Medical Centre that gives a detailed image of the human body. Producing an accurate picture of the inside of the body, MRI can be used to determine diagnosis for many conditions and plan the best treatment programmes for patients.

The patient lies down during the MRI scanning procedure in a large tube. Using a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency waves, without ionising radiation, and computers, the scan produces a very detailed cross-sectional image of the patient’s internal body structure.


MRI scanning services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre can be used on most parts of the body to help our consultants to diagnose different conditions. This includes:

  • Muscles
  • Nerves
  • Spinal cord
  • Cartilage and ligaments
  • Intervertebral discs
  • Organs, including the heart, bowel and brain

MRI scanning services cover all types of body scans, including orthopaedic and neurological types. Patients do not need to make specific preparations before most examinations. We perform specialised examinations, such as for the heart and bowel, where patients will need to make certain preparations. You’ll be informed when booking your appointment if this is necessary.


An MRI examination can take between 30 and 60 minutes, during which time it is important you remain still.

Before you enter the scanning room, you will need to remove any metallic objects you are wearing. We will also ask you to change into a hospital gown.

The MRI scanner can also be very noisy when it’s in operation. Headphones or earplugs will be provided to help reduce the noise.

For certain scans, we may need to administer a contrast agent (dye), which provides the experienced radiographers with a clearer image of specific body vessels. If this is the case, we will fully explain the process at your appointment, prior to you agreeing to the injection.

To help us understand your previous medical history and prevent any accidents or injuries, we will provide you with a questionnaire to complete. Your radiographer will talk to you about this.

It is important to note, patients who have certain health conditions will not be able to use our MRI scanning service. This includes:

  • Pregnant women
  • Patients who have aneurysm clips
  • Patients that have a pacemaker and specific heart valves – If this applies to you, please let us know the model of valve you have
  • Patients who have metal within the eye. You may need to have an X-ray if you’re uncertain about this


Cutting-edge 3T MRI technology – Designed with state-of-the-art technology, our MRI scanning services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre aim to effectively diagnose your condition, so we can quickly know what is the best treatment for you, should you need it.

Leading consultants and exceptional care –  Radiographers and consultants at Sevenoaks Medical Centre will conduct your MRI scan to give you a quick diagnosis and determine whether or not you need treatment.

Top treatment for the best outcome – We aim to give all patients same and next day appointments when using our MRI services. After we conduct your accurate and detailed scan, we can focus on reaching the best outcome for you – whether it’s to provide treatment for the best recovery, or to just give you peace of mind.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 3T MRI scanning services at Sevenoaks Medical Centre, call 01732 775 800 to speak to a member of our qualified team or request an appointment online.