Charles Hendry MP opens new state-of-the-art scanner at Crowborough Hospital

CROWBOROUGH hospital’s new state-of-the-art scanner was officially opened by Wealden MP and Energy Minister Charles Hendry. The new ultrasound scanner was paid for by Friends of Crowborough Hospital. It provides high quality diagnostic scans enabling a wide range of examinations and scanning services to be offered at the hospital.

Charles Hendry said; “I am delighted to see how much could be achieved by partnership working between local organisations within the local health economy.”  Local GPs, working with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, made the proposal for the new scanner to enable an ultrasound scanning service to be reinstated at the hospital.

The hospital’s ultrasound service was decommissioned in 2010 because the image quality and performance of the previous scanner was not up to scratch. The new scanner was fully funded by the Friends and has the latest in advanced technology.  

It’s connected to a Patient Archive and Communication System (PACS) which allows images to be reviewed remotely for instant second opinions and reviews. The images will also be available for future follow-up scans for comparison if required.

Chantal Wilson, Friends’ vice-patron welcomed Lady Jeanne Johnson Smith and paid tribute to the generosity of the Johnson Smith family who had offered the donations given at Sir Geoffrey’s memorial service towards the ultrasound scanner project. This along with a donation from a former patient had been enough to buy the scanner.