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£1m boost at two hospitals
HEALTH chiefs have secured a £1m cash boost towards new stateof- the-art radiology equipment at two Hampshire hospitals.
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is providing £700,000 to replace an aging X-ray machine at the Romsey hospital in Winchester Hill while the Lymington New Forest Hospital’s League of Friends has funded £300,000 for a new fluoroscopy unit at the Wellworthy Road complex.
Both hospitals are aiming to install the equipment by Christmas.
The new Digital Radiography (DR) X-Ray machines emit much lower dosages of radiation than current scanners being used. They will allow radiographers to process images much more quickly and check them before patients leave the department.
The fluoroscopy machine enables radiographers to take X-rays from any angle meaning frail and elderly patients can stay in one position while they are being scanned.
Lymington Hospital clinical director Dr Irfan Shafiq said: “This new equipment is extremely helpful for elderly and stroke patents. The video fluoroscopy monitors the oesophagus when the patient swallows, which can often be affected during a stroke.
“The team will be able to see a high-quality, realtime picture which will increase the accuracy of the diagnoses and allow us to create an individualised plan immediately.”
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