WORK is continuing to modernise and improve a hospital’s X-ray facility for the communities it serves.
Investment in Glan Clwyd Hospital has seen new radiology equipment and service development of the cardiac catheter and mammography units
Plans are being made for additional CT and MRI scanners, which will be based at the hospital and up and running late next year. A new dedicated Emergency Department X-ray room and waiting area will benefit Emergency Department and Acute Medical Unit patients from this September.
Glan Clwyd Hospital is also undergoing a major redevelopment project aimed at removing asbestos from the main building.
The hospital has already benefitted from a new theatre complex, mortuary and bereavement centre, pathology building and emergency quadrant.
Work is now centered on the main building with asbestos removal from some of the wards due to start in September.
Alongside this the adiology department on the first floor, which houses X-ray facilities, is being reshaped to help improve surroundings for staff and patients.
The first phase of development has started by redesigning a quarter of the radiology department which will house a new ward X-ray room with dedicated areas for inpatients who are having x-rays, a lead lined room for testing and fixing mobile equipment, refurbishment of the dental X-ray room and improved patient changing facilities.
Phase two which commences next year will include the development of the Interventional Radiology Suite which will be used to diagnose and treat patients.
Vicky Freeman, Radiology Service Manager, and a dedicated radiology team have been involved with the design plans from day one and have worked with the project team to produce a much smarter way of working to benefit both patients and staff.
She said: “It is exciting to see the investment in the whole hospital and radiology knowing that the end result will greatly improve patient experience within our department.”