A new ultrasound service launched at the Tyrrell Hospital in Ilfracombe recently thanks to a generous donation from the hospital’s League of Friends.
The League donated equipment that allows the Trust’s portable ultrasound machine to be set up at the Tyrrell, which means Ilfracombe residents are now able to have ultrasound diagnostic tests closer to home, instead of having to travel to Barnstaple.
The League purchased a docking cart for the ultrasound machine, a specialist chair, pads for patients to sit on comfortably and a bottle warmer to warm the gel used during the scans.
Chris Thomas, health and social care community services manager at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Thank you to everybody who contributed towards these items, which have allowed us to make better use of our mobile ultrasound machine.
“It is making a huge difference to patients’ experience of our care and there has been a very positive response from the patients using the service.
“The League of Friends plays an important role in supporting the hospital, and we are extremely grateful to them for their kind donation.”
All patients that are sent by their doctor for non-specialist ultrasound scans are offered an appointment at their nearest hospital. Ilfracombe residents will now be offered the opportunity to have their tests at the Tyrrell.
Terry Elliott, secretary for the League of Friends, said: “The League of Friends continues to fundraise on behalf of the people of Ilfracombe in order to support health services in the town. We are delighted that the Tyrrell Hospital now offers an ultrasound clinic and the League have been pleased to help with the purchase of equipment.”