ELECTIVE surgery at the Hospital of St Cross is expanding thanks to the donation of a £50,000 miniature x-ray device by the Friends of St Cross charity.
Surgeons at the hospital will be able to save time thanks to the donation of a Mini C-Arm X-ray device for use in surgery on patients’ hands or feet.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Andy Fowler explained how the compact portable device would make procedures quicker.
He said: “This device can be operated and positioned by one of 10 trained surgeons without the assistance of a radiographer. This reduces the time patients spend in theatre, while also minimising infection risks by requiring fewer people in the operating theatre.2
He said another benefit was that the Mini C-Arm emitted less radiation than larger devices used during surgery on longer bones.
He added: “This equipment is a key enabler of the Trust’s strategy of increasing elective surgery at the Hospital of St Cross and, in particular, the expansion of the Hand Service. We are most grateful for all the support we have received from the Friends of St Cross for this donation and all the other specialist equipment they have donated.”
Willy Goldschmidt, Communications Lead for the Friends of St Cross, said: “Over the years we have been pleased to support requests for the latest developments in surgical equipment which enhance the patient experience and help to keep the Hospital of St Cross at the forefront of elective surgery in the Midlands.
“This latest donation, costing £50,000, takes the total we have spent on equipment for Cedar Ward and the theatres at the Hospital of St Cross to over £425,000 since the Friends’ foundation in 1955. We have only achieved this thanks to the generosity of our supporters in the community, who we hope will support our Sapphire Anniversary Appeal which aims to raise at least £65,000 so that we can continue to make a difference.”