HEALTH chiefs have told this week how they have invested £150,000, to create two new medical imaging suites at the Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.
The old dental X-ray room has been extended and refurbished to become a second ultrasound suite, and a former preparation room has now been made into a dental suite.
The new equipment includes digital technology which has replaced “wet processing” of X-rays.
In the dental room, specialist machines have replaced equipment that was 10 years old, for which it was becoming hard to source spare parts.
Consultant Orthodontist Ann Holmes said: “The staff offer an excellent service at Montagu Hospital. It is fast, efficient, and patient focused.
“I had a demonstration of the new equipment and was very impressed with possibilities that the new equipment opens up to us and allows us to minimise the radiation dosage while maximising the clinical information available.
“The new equipment is a real asset to patients in their treatment.”
The digital equipment for X-rays is said to be more efficient as the image appears on a monitor as the exposure is taking place and is available to view within seconds.
Referrals for dental X-rays come from the community dentists and the maxillo-facial unit at Montagu.
Meanwhile, patients also travel from the Bassetlaw area for specialist diagnostic investigations.
* Last week, the Times revealed how health bosses plan to bombard you with “good news stories” while attempting to downgrade the Mont’s hospital status from acute care to a rehab unit...