Grand opening of new X-ray at Uckfield Community Hospital 

A new X-ray has been officially opened at Uckfield Community 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.

In addition the hospital also has a new orthopantomogram (OPG) dental machine, which can take X-ray of the whole mouth, including the upper and lower jaw and teeth.

The total cost of the X-ray equipment is £184,222. The equipment has been purchased through the grateful legacy donations made by local people across the Uckfield area to the League of Friends of Uckfield Community Hospital.

The grand opening was attended by the Mayor of Uckfield Councillor Spike Mayhew, the Chair of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust Peter Horn, local MP for Wealden Nus Ghani, members of the League of Friends and staff from the local NHS.Peter Horn, Chair for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and provider of the Minor Injuries Unit and Radiography Department at the hospital said: This is great for the local community of Uckfield, for the hospital and for our staff. Having access to the latest equipment will enable us to provide better care and support for patients.”

Chris Macve, Chair of the League of Friends of Uckfield Community Hospital said: “The Friends of Uckfield Community Hospital are delighted in supporting improvements at the Radiography Department. We are pleased that we could fund the new X-ray equipment at Uckfield Community Hospital which will serve the local population well for many years to come.”

Further information about the Minor Injuries Unit at Uckfield Community Hospital is available online: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/miuu.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of NHS community health services across West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and the High Weald, Lewes and Havens area of East Sussex. They provide a wide range of medical, nursing and therapeutic care to over 9,000 people a day. They work to help people plan, manage and adapt to changes in their health, to keep them in their own homes for longer, to prevent avoidable admissions to hospital and to minimise hospital station.

Contact

For further information contact: Paul Somerville on 01273 696 011 (ext. 1520) or email: paul.somerville@nhs.net.

ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)