First rate X-ray service for Altrincham
The new £17 million community hospital currently under
construction in Altrincham town centre will provide a much improved
X-ray service thanks to new digital radiography equipment costing
£350,000, which is currently being installed.
The new equipment will produce higher quality images much more
quickly - they will be available for staff to preview within 5
seconds, both on the Altrincham site and at other hospital sites
within the Trust for review by specialist consultant radiologists
if required to aid diagnosis.
This will have a positive impact on patient throughout and is
likely to reduce patient waiting times. The prompt results
also mean that patients in pain or young children will have to keep
still for less time than before.
The new equipment will be wall mounted in adjacent rooms and
have mobile plates which enable the X-ray machines to come to the
patient, offering both convenience and flexibility.
The hours of the Altrincham X-ray service have already been
extended by 12 hours a week in preparation for the opening of the
new hospital. They are now in line with the opening hours of
the hospital's minor injuries unit and there is a radiographer on
site 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm at weekends.
In the new hospital development, the X-ray and ultrasound rooms
and reception areas are located on the ground floor and have been
designed to meet a range of patient needs, including those with
mobility and sensory disabilities.
Patient dignity and privacy has also been taken into
consideration, and dual aspect changing cubicles with access to
both the examination rooms and the corridor, will provide increased
privacy for patients who need to undress before treatment.
The new purpose-built community hospital on Railway Street will
replace the existing hospital on Market Street which dates back to
Victorian times. All existing services will transfer to the
new facility, including the nurse-led minor injuries unit for the
assessment and treatment of minor conditions including fractures,
burns and wounds. In addition, there will be a number of new
and extended services including a new renal dialysis unit, a major
expansion of ophthalmic clinics, and expanded adult and children's
Building work on the new Altrincham Hospital is nearing
completion and the hospital is expected to be fully operational by
the end of April.
Beth Weston, Director of Trafford Hospitals, said: "We are
delighted that our plans to create a new state-of-the-art community
hospital for Altrincham are close to fruition. This
development will provide an expanded range of general and
specialist health services in a modern, high quality healthcare
environment. The new X-ray equipment will be a major asset
and provide improved diagnostic support to many of our
Patients are referred to the Altrincham Hospital X-ray service
from the hospital's out-patient clinics and its minor injuries
unit, and by GPs.
The new Altrincham Hospital will provide a wide range of general
and specialist out-patient and diagnostic services including:
Audiology (hearing problems)
Cardiology (heart conditions)
General Surgery (including Thyroid and Colorectal)
Dermatology (skin complaints)
ENT (ear, nose and throat) - expanded service
Gynaecology (female reproductive health)
Minor injuries unit, nurse-led
Ophthalmology (eye conditions) - expanded service
Phlebotomy (blood tests)
Podiatry (foot care)
Radiology - X-ray and ultrasound
Renal dialysis - new service
Respiratory (chest conditions)
Rheumatology (musculoskeletal conditions)
Vascular (conditions relating to the blood vessels)