Health service leaders (managers and clinicians) are analysing x-ray use in the community to decide how best to meet current and future demand in the Guildford and Waverley area.
Proposals had been put forward to close the x-ray service at Milford Hospital (pictured left) in light of a new facility being opened at Cranleigh Hospital. However, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the service, has cancelled the move.
It is now working with NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group to carry out a data-driven assessment of what x-ray capacity is needed and where that could be provided. It will look at how services are currently being used, potential future demand, travel times and other factors.
Both the Trust and the CCG have committed to involving stakeholders once demand and capacity for this important service have been thoroughly analysed. The analysis is expected to take a number of weeks.
Angela Riga, Chief of Service for Diagnostics and Clinical Support Services and a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Surrey, said: “The suggestion around the closure of the x-ray service at Milford was first raised some time ago. We recognise that things have changed and that we need to work closely with those involved, including the League of Friends and other stakeholders, as we look again at the best way to provide community x-ray for our patients.”