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More scans for Rugby residents as new imaging unit opens at Hospital of St Cross

A new imaging unit that will allow for an additional 4,000 procedures per year has opened at the Hospital of St Cross, Rugby.

Patients from Rugby and beyond will be able to access the Fern Unit, a dedicated ultrasound service based in the Outpatients Department.

The unit, made up of two new rooms, will expand the service already provided by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust at both the Hospital of St Cross and University Hospital in Coventry.

This development is the latest in the Trust’s commitment to invest in more services at the Hospital of St Cross as set out in its Organisational Strategy for 2022-2030.

A new endoscopy unit is due to open next month, adding to the enhanced services for patients requiring breast surgery and increased theatre provision that have been implemented in the last 12 months.

Professor Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer at UHCW NHS Trust, said: “As a Trust we are committed to being rooted in our communities and offering more services in Rugby for the people of the town and surrounding areas.

“Users will benefit from access to advanced X-ray machines that will produce higher quality images and an improved patient experience.”

Ultrasound is a non-invasive test supporting fast and accurate diagnosis for patients with gynaecological and general abdominal conditions, but also for musculoskeletal and vascular conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The expansion of the service has been supported by a donation of more than £70,000 from the Friends of St Cross, who help provide the hospital with equipment and volunteers.

Money from the charity has helped buy a new ultrasound machine and two ultrasound couches, as well as furniture for waiting rooms.  

Willy Goldschmidt, President of the Friends of St Cross, said: “We are always delighted to support the expansion of services offered at the hospital.

“We can only do this thanks to the tremendous support we receive from the community in Rugby and in particular, on this occasion, from the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society which donated £10,000 towards this project.”

Access to diagnostic tests such as ultrasound will be further improved from early 2025 with the development of a Community Diagnostic Centre in Coventry city centre.

Patients can find useful information about ultrasound procedures and appointments UHCW by clicking here.

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