Charity information


We are a medical charity that provides diagnostic equipment and services not generally available within local hospitals using the latest technology. Each year we provide diagnostic imaging (scanning) for over 65,000 patients at our Imaging Centres in Cheltenham and Birmingham and through our six mobile MRI scanners that travel throughout the three counties (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) and the UK to support NHS hospitals. We participate in research at a national level.

Founded 1964

  • Mission statement

    At Cobalt, we believe everyone should have access to the best medical imaging for their diagnosis. We are a charity that invests in diagnostic equipment, research and education to help this happen.

    Cobalt was established in 1964 by Doctor Fred Hanna (OBE) to raise money to purchase specialist equipment and establish what is now the Cheltenham Oncology Centre. Supported by community fundraising, the charity and its vision have grown. Today Cobalt supports the needs of patients locally and nationally through our specialist Imaging Centre and our fleet of mobile MRI scanners and saw over 65,000 patients last year. The charity is managed by Peter Sharpe, and governed by an experienced Board of Trustees. At a community level, we support the NHS with 850 MRI scans for local oncology patients, allowing patients to get access to state-of-the-art diagnostics without delay.

    Under the direction of Professor Lyburn, our research contributes to a greater understanding of diseases from diagnosis to treatment.

    Cobalt also provides subsidised training to the healthcare profession and educational sessions on healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention to the general public, as part of our charitable objective.

  • Aims

    Cobalt aims to:

    • Innovate in Diagnostics: providing patients with state of the art equipment, including the world’s first 3.0 Tesla mobile scanner and open PET/CT. We also have a fleet of mobile MRI scanners.
    • Pioneer Research: undertaking research in the fields of cancer, dementia and orthopaedics and improving treatment with outcomes widely published in leading medical journals.
    • Train and Educate: by providing subsidised and free training to healthcare professionals in areas of PET/CT, MRI and research findings. We also provide free community cancer prevention talks.
    • Provide Clinical Services: pioneering services include specialist nursing support for teenagers with cancer and support for dementia research.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1964

    Registered Charity Number: 1090790

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 50

    Part time staff: 44

    Volunteers: 150

    Phone number: 01242 535922

    Address: Linton House, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, Glos GL53 7AS

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