£250k investment for South Holland's Johnson Hospital
Patients needing x-rays in South Holland will soon benefit from a £250,000 investment in new state-of-the-art imaging technology.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) - which delivers x-ray and other diagnostic services at the Johnson Community Hospital in Pinchbeck - is set to replace the imaging equipment on the site as part of a £3.8 million investment in technology across the county.
The cash - including £2.6 million from the Government and £1.2 million of the trust's own funds - will let health bosses replace imaging equipment that was more than 10 years old, including CT scanners, breast scanners, MRI scanners and x-ray machines.
NHS chiefs say this will improve the quality of the images being produced.
At the Johnson - which is an 'Urgent Treatment Centre' - the old x-ray and dental imaging kit is set to be taken out and decorating and repairs carried out to the area before new equipment is installed.
From Thursday (September 9) until early November patients needing spinal, pelvis and abdominal x-rays will have to go to Boston, Stamford or Peterborough hospitals while the work is carried out.
Chest x-rays and images of limbs will still be able to be handled at the Johnson during this time.
ULHT Radiology Operations Manager Nigel Allen said: “This project will be fantastic for Johnson Community Hospital as it will introduce fully digital Imaging equipment which will be quicker, have better image quality to aid diagnosis and much lower radiation doses than the current equipment.
“The x-ray rooms will also be refreshed, providing an enhanced patient experience and a better working environment for staff
“We appreciate this will mean an element of disruption for patients and colleagues in the Urgent Treatment Centre, but it will result in state of the art x-ray facilities being available at the Johnson Community Hospital for the future.”
ULHT Director of Finance and Digital, Paul Matthew, added: “We are committed to working with our partners across the Lincolnshire NHS healthcare system to ensure we all have access to the best imaging equipment available to treat patients.
“These investments mean our patients will be able to have state-of-the-art imaging, closer to home and in improved environments. This investment not only makes diagnostics easier, it gives staff access to the best technology for their job and that has the added bonus of aiding diagnosis and speeding up any required treatment.”
Clair Raybould, Director of Operations at Lincolnshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Investing in improvements to x-ray facilities at Johnson Community Hospital is excellent news for patients and staff alike ensuring it is fit for the future.
“We recognise that whilst this necessary work is undertaken there will be an element of disruption, but partners are working closely together to minimise the impact during the upgrade.”