A desperately-needed piece of kit costing £50,050 has been bought for the Trust by The League of Friends of the King’s Lynn Area Hospitals.
The imaging system for the main theatres represents the Friends’ largest single purchase during the last financial year.
The Flouroscan InSight Mini C-Arm, which provides images to rival standard X-rays, will be used on extremities such as hands, ankles and feet. The equipment will improve both patient experience and staff workflow because a radiographer – of which there is a nationwide shortage – is not required to operate it.
Sister Rebekah Smith said: “We’re so pleased to have this available to us. We’ve been wanting something like this in the department for about 20 years.
“We’re very grateful to the League of Friends and everyone who has supported their fundraising.”
Consultant surgeon Sunil Nair said the benefits of the Flouroscan machine include lower amounts of radiation emitted, pictures in very high resolution, its portability and its use for small bones such as in paediatrics.
League of Friends chairman Tom Greenacre said: “We could not do what we do to help the Trust without the commitment of our shop volunteers and the support of the community which makes donations to us in many kinds of ways.
“We’re happy to have been able to purchase the Flouroscan machine and are delighted that it will make such a noticeable difference to patients and staff.”
About 16 members of Team QEH will be trained to use the equipment.
Photo caption: With the new Flouroscan machine are (from left) consultant surgeon Sunil Nair, staff grade surgeon Shivkant Jagannathan, League of Friends secretary Carol Crake, orthopaedics team leader Jaison Joseph, consultant surgeon Nigel Coleman, orthopaedics sister Rebekah Smith, and League of Friends chairman Tom Greenacre.
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