Cutting edge radiology suite opens at Conquest

A NEW multi-million pound facility for patients has opened at the Conquest Hospital.

The £1.2 million Interventional Radiology Suite at the hospital on The Ridge was officially opened this week.

A plaque was unveiled to mark the occasion recognising the £25,000 contribution towards the new suite from the Friends of Conquest Hospital.

The new state-of-the-art imaging equipment has the latest cutting edge technology, replacing equipment installed at the hospital 22 years ago when it was built.

Interventional Radiology (IR) allows surgery to be performed using imaging, avoiding the need for open surgery.

Conditions that can be treated by interventional radiology include aortic aneurysms, poor blood supply to the legs, collapses of vertebrae and cancers blocking the liver and gut.

Dr Mo Faris, consultant interventional radiologist for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs both the Conquest and Eastbourne’s DGH, said: “We are delighted to officially open the new interventional radiology suite.

“It is truly state-of-the-art equipment enabling us to offer an expanded service to patients.

“We would like to put on record our thanks to the Friends of Conquest Hospital for their contribution towards the new unit.

“No other hospital in the south east offers the range of procedures that we now can and we’re also the only hospital where an Interventional Radiology consultant is available on-call 24 hours a day.

“This new suite demonstrates the trust’s commitment to this cutting edge field and together with my Interventional Radiologist colleagues we are looking forward to further expanding what we can offer patients in the future.”

The League of Friends of the Conquest Hospital raises money through various fundraising events to help pay towards purchasing medical equipment for the benefit of patients and hospital staff.

In January this year the Friends of the Conquest donated £39,000 of new equipment to the hospital’s Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) unit.

Equipment included new air humidifiers, suction machines, new warm air humidifiers and nebulisers to help prevent laryngectiomy and tracheostomy patients who breathe through their neck from getting chest infections.

The Friends also donated two televisions for the patients’ waiting room at the unit, one for adults and one for children. The hospital trust also runs services at Bexhill Hospital.