More than £300,000 will be invested in new state-of-the art x-ray equipment for the community in Surrey.

The project will see Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust replace the existing equipment and update facilities at Haslemere Community Hospital to bring the latest digital radiography technology to patients.

This investment comes after Royal Surrey took over the provision of Adult Community Health Services for Guildford and Waverley last year.

Angela Riga, Chief of Service for Diagnostics and Clinical Support Services at the Trust, said: “Our community services are very important to us.

“They enable us to provide care closer to home for our most vulnerable patients and our community services team is ideally placed to deliver national prevention programs to keep our population healthy.

“We are looking forward to enabling more outpatient services in the future.”

Wendy Dengate, Radiology Services Manager, said: “We are delighted that this equipment replacement will allow us to provide the latest diagnostic plain film technology closer to patients’ homes.

“The new equipment gives us instant images, which will improve the experience for our patients by providing a faster diagnosis.

“We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the community to provide excellent health care closer to patient’s homes.”

The project will begin on 17 June and will last approximately 10 weeks.

During this period a limited x-ray service will be available at Haslemere Hospital and patients may be sent to alternative facilities at Milford and Cranleigh Community Hospitals and Royal Surrey County Hospital.

There will also be no ultrasound services at Haslemere during the work and those patients affected will have been offered appointments at either Cranleigh or Royal Surrey.

Haslemere Community Hospital has been serving the local population since 1923 and offers outpatient and inpatient services, rehabilitation, radiology services and a minor injuries unit.

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