New CT scanner operational

A new state-of-the-art CT scanner at Eastbourne DGH has become fully operational. The new CT scanner, which will scan around 500 patients a month, has been substantially funded by a £500,000 donation from the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital.

Dr Neil Barlow, Consultant Radiologist said: “We are delighted to have this new CT scanner fully operational. It is lot quicker and more advanced than the scanner it has replaced, providing detailed images at a much lower radiation dose to the patient. Most importantly we are tremendously grateful for the significant donation from the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital towards this new CT scanner. It is part of a major redevelopment of the radiology department which will include another new CT scanner and associated building work to create new rooms for the scanners. This second new CT scanner will help us transform the care of local patients and further develop the Trust’s excellent Stroke and Cancer care whilst providing Cardiac scans in a single heart beat due to the latest technology that it will be equipped with.”

Harry Walmsley Chairman Friends of Eastbourne Hospital said, “This advanced CT scanner will benefit many local patients in the diagnosis of their disease or condition. This massive donation towards a new CT scanner is the culmination of one of the Friends two major projects for our last financial year. It has only been made possible by the enormous generosity of local people and for that we are very appreciative and thankful.”

A computerised tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body including the internal organs, blood vessels and bones. Approximately 10,000 patients receive a CT scanner each year at the hospital.