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Stroud Hospital now boasts the latest in x-ray facilities for its patients, thanks to the generosity of the League of Friends.

The new ‘Intuition’ equipment provides clear digital images in seconds which means a very quick experience for patients and uploads the images to a central computer so that they can be shared with a range of healthcare specialists as required.

The equipment has been housed in a newly refurbished x-ray room at the hospital, with the £140,000 cost of the equipment picked up by the Stroud Hospital’s League of Friends.

David Miller, chair of the League of Friends, said: “We have been supporting the fine x-ray department at Stroud General Hospital for many years and know it is extremely busy, covering inpatients, outpatient clinics, the minor injury and illness unit and patients referred by GPs.”

Dr Roy Lamb, president of the League of Friends, added: “While it is the Friends who  have contributed, it’s the people of Stroud who have made this possible and we have acted on their behalf.”

Sue Ward, lead radiographer for community hospitals, said the new equipment would offer patients shorter examination times and allow the department  to run more efficiently.

She added: “Images take seconds rather than minutes to process so by the time you’ve let the patient know you’ve taken the x-ray the image is available to view.

“The images are really sharp and with this machine the radiation dose is really low as well. This is very up to date equipment which means we can provide a very up to date service.”

Welcoming the donation at a presentation on Wednesday 27 January, Gloucestershire Care Services chair Ingrid Barker said: “We value the League of Friends because they are genuine friends, offering great support as well as much needed links and networks with the local community. This is hugely appreciated.” 

In another local connection, the equipment was provided by Stonehouse-based company Xograph.