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Friends speed up QEH scans with £50k machine donation

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A new £50,000 portable scanner has come into service at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, thanks to the support of a team of dedicated fundraisers.

The Flouroscan InSight Mini C-Arm is the biggest single purchase made by the hospital’s League of Friends over the past financial year and is hoped will make scans easier and quicker for both patients and staff.

And staff say they have waited years to be able to use such a machine.

The device will primarily be used to scan exposed parts of the body such as hands, ankles and feet

It can provide high resolution images and be used to assess even small bones, making it particularly useful in paediatric care.

And officials say it will speed up the scan process as it does not need a trained radiographer, of which there is currently a national shortage, to use it.

A total of 16 members of hospital staff will be trained to use the device, which also gives off less radiation than standard X-ray equipment.

Orthopaedics 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.”

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 machine and are delighted that it will make such a noticeable difference to patients and staff.”

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