SERVICES: A £1.2m investment at West Suffolk Hospital is ensuring that patients get the most up-to-date breast screening.

The hospital’s two on-site mammography machines have been replaced with digital machines and a third digital imaging room created to help increase capacity. A new digital mobile breast screening unit will provide an imaging service within the community. The trust expects the digital equipment to lead to fewer unnecessary recalls.

 Ann Hills, superintendent radiographer in the breast imaging department, said: “The state-of-the-art technology will allow us to produce high quality images quickly and efficiently. As part of the project, we’ve also been able to make use of our old processing room, which we no longer need, to gain a third mammography room. This will help us cater for more women as part of the government extension to the screening age.”