Hospital donates X-ray equipment to Uganda

STAMFORD Hospital has donated old X-ray equipment to help patients in Uganda.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust has donated computer equipment which develops X-ray films that are no longer used in its radiology department.

The disused desktop processor and silver recovery unit are heading to the Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda.

Stamford Hospital had its X-ray facilities upgraded in 2009.

The donation was in response to a national appeal for equipment by the Countess of Chester Hospital, in

Chester, which is working in partnership with the Kisiizi Hospital to help improve its facilities.

It issued a wish-list of items needed for Kisiizi and hospitals across the country have stepped forward.

Claire Bevan, radiographer and practice development co-ordinator at Stamford Hospitals Trust, helped organise the donation.

She said: "I knew how important the equipment would be for the Kisiizi Hospital and although it took a lot of work to organise the donation it has been well worth it.

"We have received some excellent feedback from the project organisers who have worked hard to transform the radiology area at Kisiizi Hospital."

Kisiizi Hospital is a 200-bed hospital run by the Church of Uganda. Although it is a fee-paying hospital, 60 per cent of costs need to be covered by donations from the government, patients and private supporters to keep going.

Society of Radiographers member Carole Kendall is closely involved with the Ugandan hospital.

She said: "The radiographers were really thrilled with their new machine and it has made a huge difference.

"We would like to thank Stamford Hospital for the generous donation."