PATIENTS at Swanage Hospital will soon have access to some of the most advanced digital X-ray technology in the world.

That's the promise from Dorset HealthCare which has begun refurbishing the site’s Radiology Department to upgrade its outdated equipment, and create a more spacious and modern facility.

More than £275,000 is being spent on the facility which, when finished, will boast a state-of-the-art digital X-ray room that will provide high resolution images in a shorter time.

This, says Dorset HealthCare, will result in reduced waiting times and enable staff to make more accurate diagnoses for the 50-60 patients it sees each week.

Matron Donna Kiss said: “We are delighted to be installing some of the best X-ray imaging equipment available, which will enable us to run a more efficient service in more attractive surroundings.”

However, the refurbishment does mean the X-ray service will be temporarily closed until work is completed on June 13, with patients being redirected to either Poole Hospital or the Victoria Hospital in Wimborne during this time.

Service opening times will remain the same, and staff will ensure patients are signposted to the most convenient site for treatment.

Ultrasound examinations won’t be affected, but will take place in the hospital’s Outpatient Department.