Young patients are set to benefit from better quality diagnostic tests as a result of a £614,000 investment in specialist radiology equipment and themed room decorations at Queen’s Medical Centre.
The fluoroscopy room, in the paediatric radiology department at QMC, has undergone a make-over and has seen 10 year old equipment replaced and updated, as part of future plans to further develop the service.
Kath Halliday, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, said: “The refurbishment has made a huge difference to children and their families attending the department. Very ill children can now remain in bed while they have vital investigations to aid their care and parents who have received bad news or need to feed their babies have a private space to sit.
“The new reporting room is so conveniently placed; already we have found this improves both workflow and education. We have also had support from QMC Charity, The League of Friends who have made a real difference to the children of Nottingham.”
The League of Friends QMC raised funds of over £1,000 for the furniture used in both the new radiology quiet room and teenage seating area.
Bertie Pinchera, from League of Friends QMC, said: “The League of Friends have been in existence since QMC opened 40 years ago, our principal objective is always that patients and staff will benefit from our work, with all our income coming from donations, and through sales generated by our volunteers. The request for furniture for the ‘Quiet Area’ and ‘Teenage waiting area’ was a bid that we were very pleased to support.”
The paediatric radiology department treats 12,000 patients each year and further plans to improve the service will allow staff to continue to provide specialist diagnostics and care for very ill patients.
Angela Staley, Senior Radiographer, said: “The unit makeover has been praised by patients and visitors, who say the new nature themed décor and access to different rooms in the small department has boosted their experience in children’s radiology.
She added: “However, these recent improvements are temporary stepping stones to improving facilities across the children’s radiology department, whilst funds continue to be raised towards creating a purpose built, paediatric imaging area and overall improved facilities for the children of Nottingham.”
The Children’s Radiology department would like to thank everyone for their support in improving the patient and visitor experience within Children’s Radiology.
If you wish to find out more information on how you can support and donate to the service, click here: https://www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk/