Friarage first in UK to have X-ray

Friends indeed ' From left are Steve Lamb and Janice Wake from the Friends, Nigel Dougill, Friends volunteer, Mr Miranda, Emma Bradford, theatre sister and Geoff Clarkson, Friends volunteer. (s)
Friends indeed ' From left are Steve Lamb and Janice Wake from the Friends, Nigel Dougill, Friends volunteer, Mr Miranda, Emma Bradford, theatre sister and Geoff Clarkson, Friends volunteer. (s)

A HI-TECH digital x-ray machine is providing advanced treatment for orthopaedic patients having surgery at the Friarage Hospital.

The Friarage is the first hospital in the United Kingdom to use the OrthoScan C-arm –a portable small x-ray machine – in its operating theatres.

Surgeons can x-ray patients’ hands or feet during an operation quickly and easily with the compact and portable machine without the need for a radiographer being present. Very low doses of radiation are also used to produce clear and sharp images improving safety for both patients and theatre staff.

Patients at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton are benefiting from this new generation equipment thanks to the Friends of the Friarage Hospital and the profits from their incredibly successful and popular hospital shop.

The Friends have raised several million pounds over the years helping staff and patients and supporting local health care through their fantastic fundraising endeavours.

Mr Sanjay Miranda, consultant hand and orthopaedic surgeon said: “We are very grateful to the Friends for their help. The new equipment will help to make the theatre process more efficient and improve the service for our patients.”

Steve Lamb, chairman of the Friends said: “I am glad we can make a difference by helping the Friarage, its dedicated staff and ultimately patients by making sure they benefit from the latest technology available.

“I would like to thank local people, our volunteers and everyone who supports us by using the shop for making it possible for us to do this.”