X-ray upgrade for hospital

South West Healthcare Camperdown radiologist Louis Adriaanse demonstrates the hospital’s new mobile x-ray to Camperdown Hospital Auxiliary members Sue Place and Mark Leddy.

South West Healthcare Camperdown radiologist Louis Adriaanse demonstrates the hospital’s new mobile x-ray to Camperdown Hospital Auxiliary members Sue Place and Mark Leddy.

IN-BED x-rays just became a whole lot easier at the Camperdown hospital thanks to the arrival of a new mobile x-ray machine last week.

The machine replaced the hospital’s existing mobile x-ray which was more than 20 years old and nearing its use-by date.

Hospital radiologist Louis Adriaanse said the newly acquired mobile x-ray was a welcome addition.

“It’s so much lighter and easier to manoeuvre than the old one and much easier to use,” he said.

“There were times when we had to have two people push the old one up the ramp of the theatre, because it was so heavy.

“This one weighs just 370kg and can be moved from room to room with ease.”

Mr Adriaanse said the new machine would be used primarily in the hospital’s urgent care department.

“Take a child who comes in to urgent care with a broken arm, for example.  We can wheel the x-ray machine straight in, get an image of what’s happening on-the-spot and the doctor can go ahead and put the plaster cast on,” he said.

“We never were without a mobile x-ray, but this one is certainly a lot easier to use.”

The mobile x-ray cost $8500 and was purchased with funds the Camperdown Hospital Auxiliary donated.

Mr Adriaanse said the machine was a 2003 model purchased second-hand.

“We believe in good stewardship, so we shopped around and are really pleased with the quality of the machine we found, and the price,” he said.

“It does everything we need it to do.  The only reason the previous hospital on-sold it was because they were moving to a Wi-Fi digital machine.

“We’re very grateful to the auxiliary for its support and offer them a huge thank you.”

The Camperdown Hospital Auxiliary’s next major fundraiser is the ‘Spring Catalogue’ art show, set for Friday, September 2 at St Paul’s Church Hall.

The $50 entry fee includes a tempting range of nibbles, beer wine, champagne and soft drink and patrons can purchase cocktails at reasonable prices.

The art show will see 50 works of art ranging in price from $150 through to about $800 offered for sale.

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