A GENEROUS £55,000 donation from the Friends of North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech, has enabled the radiography department to purchase the latest advanced digital x-ray equipment.
The new 21st century facilities were officially opened by Eileen Plate, Chairman of the Friends Group, last Friday.
The donation has been matched by another £55,000 from the NHS which brings the total investment to £110,000.
It means the radiography department run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust can instantly send x-ray results and radiological reports by computer to minor injury units and consultants at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, and others. Before the team would have taken x-rays on film sheets which would have to be transported by road to other hospitals.
The donation has also helped to fund a new children’s play area to occupy children while they or their parents wait for an x-ray.
Mike Oldham, Radiography Manager for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “This donation means that we are completely filmless for the first time, which makes a significant difference to the quality and speed of service we are able to provide to local people.
“We can compare images with ones previously taken at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and vice versa, in minutes, and the patient’s local GP can get results far quicker. It’s also good news for our staff who can adopt the latest working practices.”