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The Radiology Department currently has 2 general x-ray rooms.

The service offers an open access service for out patients requiring plain film x-rays from 08:30 - 17:00 Monday - Friday.

Patients are often referred to this service by either their GP or from an out patient clinic they have attended. As this is an open access service, there are no designated appointments and so patients may have to wait to have their x-rays taken.

No children should attend with you for an x-ray.

If your child requires x-ray it is advisable that no other children or pregnant women attend with them for their examination.

Please note we ask all females over the age of 12 the date of their last period, if we need to image the pelvic area of the body, to comply with ionising radiation regulations. (IR(ME)R 2000/2006).

X-ray guide for children

The General Radiography Department also covers Accident and Emergency and provides an Inpatient service. This service is provided on a routine basis from 8.30am until 5.00pm and as an emergency service from 5.00pm until 8.30am.

Please note Accident and Emergency and Inpatients will be taken as a priority therefore if you have been referred to this service by your GP you may have an extended wait for your x-ray.

It is useful to bring small toys, books and snacks with you to amuse your child while waiting for x-ray. We will endeavour to see you as quickly as possible but imaging is performed dependant on clinical priority

Baby changing facilities are located within the disabled toilet close to reception.

It is particularly busy between the following times:

  • 10.00 - 12:00
  • 14:00 – 15:30

Inpatients, Theatres and Portables

During their stay in hospital patients often require further imaging and scans to determine the course and type of treatment they should receive.

If inpatients are well enough they are brought down to the Radiology Department by the porter to have these examinations performed. If they are not well enough to come to the department they may have their x-rays performed on the ward using portable equipment.

In theatre a Radiographer may be required to use a mobile fluoroscopy machine, called an Image Intensifier, to perform x-ray imaging during an operation. This is especially used during orthopaedic surgery.

For any further information or questions regarding these services please contact the department on: 01896 826417 or alternatively complete our online contact form.