No transfer for Tewkesbury Hospital's X-ray machine
HEALTH bosses have admitted that X-ray equipment bought just eight years ago with the help of public donations will not be used in Tewkesbury's new hospital.
Logistical problems in transferring it and the desire to have the very latest technology, mean the machine – installed in the existing hospital in 2004 – will not be used in the new one.
That may disappoint members of the public who helped Tewkesbury Hospital Friends cover £85,000 of the £210,000 cost of the X-ray machine unit that was set up eight years ago.
The Friends raised the money in 14 months after launching a public appeal.
A spokeswoman for NHS Gloucestershire, which hopes to open the new hospital in the summer, said: "The equipment could be transferred, but it is out of date, being nearly nine years old.
"It would need adaptations to work in the new hospital environment. The hospital will provide modern technological equipment."
It means the Friends now face having to contribute more money towards helping health bosses to buy a new X-ray machine.
Sarah Hughes, NHS Gloucestershire's deputy director of nursing, said: "The new hospital in Tewkesbury will support the highest standards of medical care and treatment using modern, state-of-the-art equipment, including X-ray.
"There are continual advances in technology and medicines, and our ambition is that the new hospital will provide exceptional, first-rate healthcare facilities.
"We are grateful to Tewkesbury Hospital Friends, whose unstinting support has ensured that patients and staff have been able to benefit from new equipment over the years.
"We hope we can continue to work in partnership and maximise the use of valuable resources for the benefit of patients and the community."
Pete Aldridge, chairman of Tewkesbury Hospital Friends, said he wanted to assure people that the existing X-ray machine would be sold to raise some of the money for the new one.
He said: "We understand the issues. We know the equipment they've got is very good, but to move it would be so costly."