18/04/2024 | Press releases

New x-ray officially opens

A new, modern x-ray machine has been installed at Aldeburgh Hospital thanks to the generosity of local people.

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) created the x-ray suite using a £320,000 gift to Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity from the Aldeburgh Hospital League of Friends. The new machine uses the latest digital technology and has replaced an aging machine which was at the end of its life.

A group of people with a ribbon standing in front of medical equipment

Sandra Chandler, from Tunstall, was the first patient to use the machine. Without it, she would have faced a 30-minute, 28-mile round trip to Ipswich Hospital to have an x-ray on her pelvis.

“I’m so glad I’ve been able to come here,” said Sandra. “It means I don’t have to travel all the way to Ipswich, saving time and money. It is so convenient.”

Tony Bone, president of Aldeburgh Hospital League of Friends, said: “The League of Friends is very pleased to be able to fund this replacement of the x-ray machine at Aldeburgh Hospital, having funded the original machine over 20 years ago. Having diagnostic testing close to the community makes a huge difference and avoids trips of 20 miles or more into Ipswich.”

Mair Dawson, chair of the League of Friends, added: “We are very grateful to our generous supporters who enable us to keep our local hospital up-to-date and state-of-the-art.”

Karen Lough, Director of Operations at ESNEFT, said: “We are delighted with the new x-ray machine, which will make a big difference to local people and help us further improve the care we are able to provide.”

Three men cutting a ribbon in front of medical equipment

Nick Hulme, ESNEFT Chief Executive, with Tony Bone from the League of Friends and Aldeburgh Mayor Kevin Webster

Mandy Jordan, associate director for charities and voluntary services with ESNEFT, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the League of Friends for their generosity. Their kindness will make a big difference to local people by helping make sure they can benefit from the latest technology close to home.”

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