A NEW STATE of the art x-ray machine has been officially unveiled at Evesham Community Hospital.
The machine will significantly cut the time it takes to carry out x-rays, produce images and get results for those who attend one of the hospital’s outpatient or dental clinics, following a referral from a GP, or who attend its Minor Injury Unit.
Sarah Dugan, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust which runs the hospital, cut the ribbon in the new x-ray department which has been refurbished to home the new machine.
It is controlled remotely which is easier for staff who previously had to manually move the old machine around to the correct position depending on the area being assessed.
Once a scan has taken place the image is automatically available on screen, whereas previously it would take five minutes to produce a single image of each x-ray.
With around 50 patients requiring x-rays a day, some more than one, the new machine will significantly speed up this process.
With waiting times to be seen at MIU so short, it could for example mean patients being seen, assessed, x-rayed and have their results within around 20 minutes.
Karen Young, Matron at Evesham Community Hospital, said: “We are really pleased to have this state of the art machine and we have already noticed much greater efficiency throughout the process which can only be a good thing for patients.
“Once the images appear we send them off to colleagues at the Acute Trust for assessment and they return them with a full diagnosis really quickly and so they too are reporting big improvements.
“It’s a great addition to the hospital and strengthens our overall offer and the service we provide to the community here in Evesham.”
David Hill, from Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s Radiology Department, added:
“Evesham has now installed one of the highest state of the art fully digital x-ray units.
“The new equipment will be a real asset to improve the services provided to the local residents.
“This unit will enable faster imaging of patients in the hospital helping to optimise on patient experience and efficiency,” he added.