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New Mammography Suite

New Mammography Suite

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Our Radiology Department at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup celebrated the opening of new facilities in the department; Chief Executive Louise Ashley and Chairman Peter Coles supported the event by attending the officially open the new mammography suite and two new digital x-ray rooms. In addition to these key developments the Radiology department has also undergone a partial refurbishment by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust providing much improved staff facilities. Louise and Peter thanked Fuji, Hologic, Oxleas and the builders and in particular the staff for their patience during the works and were very proud to see the new facilities being unveiled at QMH.

 

The Hologic mammography unit replaces a very old unit that had come to end of life; the new unit is housed within the purpose built refurbishment to include a dedicated waiting area, mammography unit, dedicated ultrasound room and much improved facilities for a ‘breaking bad news’ room. The staff have been trained and the patients are now seeing the benefit of being received in facilities fit for purpose.

 

Importantly two of the four general x-ray rooms were replaced. The excitement of the new Fuji DR (Direct Radiography) rooms is that they embrace all the new technology to reduce MSK injuries and also uses up to 50% less radiation dose. The images are available more quickly than convention CR (Computed Radiographer). Patients benefit from the reduced radiation exposure and the radiographer has more time to spend with the patient ensuring quality time for assessment prior to undertaking the examination.


The new facilities refurbished by Oxleas has brightened up the staff facilities improving the working environment. In additional a dedicated reporting hub has been set up with four reporting workstations.