Thame Community Hospital now has a state-of-the art ultrasound scanner, thanks to funds raised by the hospital’s volunteers and supporters.

Ann Midwinter, the mayor of Thame, opened the diagnosis unit at the hospital on 20 August.

As she cut the ribbon to the new treatment room, Sarah Taylor, Chair of the Thame Hospital League of Friends told the invited guests:

“This is an important statement of our confidence in the future of this hospital. It’s really exciting so please spread the word to everybody that we’ve got some genuinely useful stuff going on here.”

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust which runs the Community Hub at the hospital is providing the diagnosis service so that local people now have the same standard of ultrasound diagnosis as at larger hospitals without the need to travel so far.

Andrew Wainwright, the Trust’s Interim Divisional for Specialist Services said: “This will allow us to see patients in their locality and bring state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging to Thame.

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It helps diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs.

It enables healthcare professionals to examine a baby in pregnant women and the brain and hips in infants. It can also help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack.

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