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Patients at Swanage Hospital will soon have access to some of the most advanced digital X-ray technology in the world.
Work has begun to refurbish the site’s Radiology Department to not only upgrade its outdated imaging equipment, but also make the facility a lot more spacious and modern.
The Dorset HealthCare-run hospital has a long history of providing high quality care to its local community, with a continual focus on innovation and promoting clinical excellence.
However, it’s Radiology Department - which sees around 50-60 patients each week – is badly in need of a refresh.
More than £275,000 is being spent on the facility which, when finished, will boast a state-of-the-art digital X-ray room that will provide high resolution images in a shorter time.
This will result in reduced waiting times and enable staff to make more accurate diagnoses.
Matron Donna Kiss said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Purbeck, who rely on our services, and this project shows we are committed to providing the highest standards of care we possibly can.
“We are delighted to be installing some of the best X-ray imaging equipment available, which will enable us to run a more efficient service in more attractive surroundings.”
The refurbishment does mean the X-ray service will be temporarily closed until work is completed on Thursday, 13 June, with patients being redirected to either the Victoria Hospital in Wimborne or Poole Hospital during this period.
Service opening times will remain the same, and staff will ensure patients are signposted to the most convenient site for treatment.
Ultrasound examinations won’t be affected, but will take place in the hospital’s Outpatient Department.