Jonnie Irwin praises NHS after receiving cancer scans in leisure centre car park

A Place In the Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin has praised the flexibility of the NHS after he was called for some scans in a leisure centre car park.

The presenter, who announced last year that he had terminal lung cancer which spread to his brain, admitted he was "surprised" when he arrived for his scans which were not in a hospital.

He took to his Instagram to share the bizarre experience, which saw him park up, avoid any queueing and be back on the road home inside a quarter of an hour.

In the video which he posted to his Instagram, Jonnie said: "Got some scans today. Not in a hospital but in a leisure centre car park."

He then went onto show a large sheltered unit where he had the scans done and he wrote: "MRI and CT unit in this. Surprising."

Alongside his clip, Jonnie lauded the experience and praised the staff as he added the caption: "I actually had a great experience. We were able to park almost on the doorstep, no queue and done n dusted in under 15 minutes. Well done #nhs."

In the comments for the clip, many fans were shocked at the surprising destination for serious medical scans but were happy that the experience was so seamless for Jonnie.

One fan of his wrote: "I had one of my CT scans in a mobile unit at my local hospital.. great in and out in no time."

While another simply added: "So glad it all went ok and was a positive experience for you! Scanxiety is a real thing, I know from experience, but when you have a good experience it certainly helps with future scans."

A third supportive fan penned: "Looking really well, Johnnie, sincerely. Hope you had a good break x."

Jonnie has been enjoying the sun on his holidays in recent days as he went away with his wife of seven years Jessica and three kids Rex, four, and twins Rafa and Cormac, three.

Jonnie has opened up over the last few months about the palliative care he has been receiving and says it is not the 'doom and gloom operation' it is thought to be.

In an interview with Morning Live, he said: "I've been using [palliative care] for three years. Palliative care is the care that you're given when the doctors think you won't recover, so I've been in palliative care since day one.

"It's a delight actually, I wouldn't say it's like a hotel but it's like a very very nice private hospital. My perception of a hospice was very much a boiling hot room full of people that look frail and towards the end of their days, but it's nothing of the sort."

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