League of Friends buys £50,000 imaging equipment for Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

With the new Flouroscan machine are (from left) consultant surgeon Sunil Nair, staff grade surgeon S

With the new Flouroscan machine are (from left) consultant surgeon Sunil Nair, staff grade surgeon Shivkant Jagannathan, orthopedics team leader Jaison Joseph, consultant surgeon Nigel Coleman and orthopedics sister Rebekah Smith. Picture: QEH - Credit: Archant

A desperately-needed piece of kit costing £50,050 has been bought for the Trust by The League of Friends of the King's Lynn Area Hospitals.

The imaging system for the main theatres represents the Friends' largest single purchase during the last financial year.

The Flouroscan InSight Mini C-Arm, which provides images to rival standard X-rays, will be used on extremities such as hands, ankles and feet.

The equipment will improve both patient experience and staff workflow because a radiographer – of which there is a nationwide shortage – is not required to operate it.

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.

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'We're very grateful to the League of Friends and everyone who has supported their fundraising.'

Consultant surgeon Sunil Nair said the benefits of the Flouroscan machine include lower amounts of radiation emitted, pictures in very high resolution, its portability and its use for small bones such as in paediatrics.

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

About 16 members of Team QEH will be trained to use the equipment.

The league was founded in 1953. Since then it has raised millions of pounds to buy kit for the hospital.

During the last financial year alone the league, which runs the shop in the hospital foyer, has paid for £227,000 worth of equipment.

It included 30 Volumetric Pumps (£85,050), a portable X-ray machine (£29,325), a bladder Scanner (£12,642) and a Vauxhall Astra estate car for transport of bloods (£7,780).

Donations, made payable to the QEHKL Charitable Fund, should be sent to: Charitable Funds Officer, Finance Department, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4ET.

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