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Grand opening of new X-ray and Ultrasound at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital
21 July 2016

Grand opening of new X-ray and Ultrasound at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital

New X-ray and Ultrasound facilities have been opened at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital. The state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment is improving the reliability, speed and quality of diagnostic imaging. Staff now have instant access to images to enable them to make an effective diagnosis and ensure each patient receives appropriate care and follow-up treatment. The X-ray equipment has been purchased through the grateful legacy donation made by the Benjamin family who used to live in Bognor Regis.

In addition a new Ultrasound including new scanner and examination couch has been purchased by the Friends of Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, on behalf of grateful donations received from local people. The hospital now has two Ultrasound machines and will be able to increase the number of scans carried out as well as improving the experience for both patients and staff.

The grand opening was attended by Roger Turner, Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex and President of Bognor Regis Lions International, the Mayor of Bognor Regis Councillor Pat Dillon, members of the Friends and staff from the local NHS.

The Diagnostic Imaging Department carry out on average between 1,500 and 1,700 X-rays and around 350 Ultrasounds a month. A recent national benchmarking exercise showed that for the amount of staff we employ (Kim and her wonderful team - total of three sonographers) carry out the highest number of plain X-rays per head in the whole of England.

Richard Curtin, Chief Operating Officer for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and provider of the Minor Injuries Unit and Diagnostic Imaging Department at the hospital said: This is great for the local community of Bognor Regis, for the hospital and for our staff. Having access to the latest equipment will enable us to provide better diagnostics and care. All of this is possible on behalf of the grateful donations received from the Benjamin Family and the Friends of Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital.”

Brian Knight, Chair of the Friends said: “The Friends of Bognor Hospital are delighted in supporting improvements at the Diagnostic Unit. We are pleased that we could fund the new Ultrasound machine. These two new pieces of diagnostic equipment are indeed an asset to Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital and will serve the local population well for many years to come.”

Further information about the Minor Injuries Unit at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital is available online: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/miub.