The first patient to be seen in the new state-of-the-art X-ray room at Goole and District Hospital says the facilities are ‘top class’.
New digital X-ray equipment has been installed and one of the two X-ray rooms on site has been fully refurbished thanks to a £330,000 injection of capital funding.
Building work started in February and the first patient, Katie Frith, 24 and from Howden, underwent a chest X-ray this morning.
Katie is now a teacher but was formerly a nurse and spent some of her time training at the hospital. She said: “Having been in for an X-ray before I can see the new facilities are much improved, and this is great news for Goole. I found the environment to be airy and light and a friendly space that really puts you at ease as a patient.”Katie, who was also presented with flowers in recognition of her being the first patient to undergo an X-ray, recognised the Radiographer Dianne, as she has X-rayed her before!
The new technology not only speeds up examinations with staff able to see the images on screen instantly, but they are also of a much higher quality too. It means the whole process from scan to diagnosis is more efficient for patients and they are also subject to lower levels of radiation.
As well as the digital X-ray machine being installed, the whole room has had a refurbishment with new flooring, lighting and screens installed.Keiley Somers, head of general radiology for Goole, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we are now able to offer Goole patients access to digital X-ray technology, which is the gold standard for general imaging, in what is a bright and welcoming environment. The new facilities really are first class and are a big improvement for both the staff working here and the patients coming in for X-rays.”
Approximately 650 patients will be using the new X-ray room each month.