MP opens new hospital units

TWO state-of-the-art units to improve diagnosis and treatment available for patients using West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds was officially opened on Friday.

Hospital staff gave MP David Ruffley a tour of the new £273,000 interventional x-ray suite and the £1.2 million endoscopy unit.

In the x-ray suite ageing equipment was replaced with new technology, which produces images of such a high quality that clinicians can carry out a much wider range of procedures using “pinhole” techniques and without the need for traditional surgery.

The endoscopy department, which moved to its new home on the ground floor of the hospital about 16 months ago, is significantly larger than the unit it replaced allowing the hospital to complete more procedures each year.

Stephen Graves, chief executive at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “By investing in the latest technology, we are now able to offer a wider range of procedures to our patients without the need for invasive surgery. “