Upgraded Highland X-ray department reopens

Friday 12th July 2019

The Lawson Memorial Hospital’s x-ray department has reopened after a significant equipment upgrade.

Machines that had been in operation for 25 years have been replaced by state-of-the-art direct digital equipment that will support fast diagnosis and ‘significantly enhance patient care’.

Guest of honour at the recent reopening was retired senior radiographer Jackie Knight, who left the department in March this year after over 28 years of service at the Lawson.

Ms Knight, who turned off the old system on her last day at work, said: “The new X ray department is bright, airy and modern and is far superior technologically to what I used. The resulting images will be made available much quicker and of a much higher quality which should enhance the patient experience.”

Installation work to upgrade the x-ray equipment from film to digital images began in April, taking nearly two months to complete.

Michelle Johnstone, NHS Highland’s north area manager, said: “This is a fantastic, exciting investment for continued development and growth of services on site at the Lawson.

Not only does it provide state-of-the-art X rays at Lawson, but it also demonstrates the board’s commitment to the smaller remote and rural sites. It’s all part of supporting and keeping services close to people’s homes.”

The upgrade project at the Lawson also drew praise for the way it was conducted, including weekly meetings with stakeholders often held over the board’s video conferencing network.

What was exemplary about this project was how everyone worked together along the lines of communication and project structure, which was very well co-ordinated by the local team,” said Mr Andrew Hince, NHS Highland consultant physicist and head of radiation protection.