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Cirencester Hospital can now offer patients quicker diagnosis and treatment after the donation of a portable x-ray machine from the League of Friends. Cirencester Hospital X Ray Machine web

The £56,000 state-of-the-art equipment will be used to x-ray extremities, such as hands and feet, during surgical operations. The kit has an extendable, rotatable arm that will help to accurately diagnose and treat patients, particularly those who have experienced trauma. 

The purchase of this specialist equipment, known as a C arm, means that suitable patients can now be offered their operation closer to home, as surgeons from Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal hospitals can carry out procedures in Cirencester. 

Helen Rossiter, Cirencester Treatment Centre Manager, said: “Staff at the centre are delighted, as we can now see more patients and provide a real high quality service.”

Once scanned, x-rays are downloaded as images onto a central system, so clinical teams around the county can access the images instantaneously.

Linda Edwards, Matron at Cirencester Hospital, said: “This technology is innovative and forward thinking, and will really benefit local people in Cirencester. We are very grateful to the League of Friends for this new equipment, and for their continued support.”

The machine will help consultants make decisions during operations, which in many cases means reducing the number of times a patient has to be seen for the same injury. 

Jeremy Field, Consultant Orthopaedic and Hand Surgeon, said. “By having such an adaptable machine, it saves us time because we can get the detail of the x-ray exactly right, and we can see patients closer to home. We are incredibly thankful to the League of Friends for this donation.” 

Shelia Rees, Chair of Cirencester League of Friends, said: “We are so grateful to be able to provide equipment that will make a difference, and are excited about the potential this has for local people in Cirencester.”

24 February 2017