Hospital to gain testing machines end of month

The town’s hospital looks set to gain vital life-saving equipment by the end of the month, a Hospital Watch committee member claims.

Around a year ago members of Skegness Hospital Watch, with the help of others, managed to raise the £42,000 needed to buy the new diagnostic equipment.

Concerns have previously been raised surrounding why the machines have taken so long to be installed. But committee member Bess Smith quelled criticism and told attendees at a Hospital Watch meeting, last week, that she had received an update to say the machines would be at the hospital by the ‘end of the month’ or ‘early December’ at the latest.

Members were also told that one of the reasons for the delay was down to the machines needing to be calibrated with other machines in Grimsby.

Staff who will be using the equipment were also being trained in how to operate it.

Once running the equipment can detect the early symptoms of life-threatening disorders, including strokes, heart attacks and Alzheimer’s.

It is also hoped the machines will diagnose patients quickly and allow them to be transferred to the appropriate place to spare already stretched ambulance services in the area.