Patients have better access to x-ray services at a Lincolnshire hospital thanks to extended opening times on a Saturday and Sunday morning and on weekday evenings.
X-ray services at Grantham and District Hospital are available for patients to access via their GP on a Saturday and Sunday morning and on weekday evenings, providing a more flexible service to patients of Grantham and the surrounding areas.
In addition to the weekday opening times, the extended opening hours at a weekend and during the evenings means that a better service is in place as the department moves towards seven-day working and allows the workload to be spread throughout the week.
Staff, patients and GPs were consulted on the proposed changes to the service and they all felt that extended hours would benefit them.
Trudy Crosby, Superintendent Radiographer said, “Once a patient receives a referral for an x-ray the examination should be performed within two weeks. Some patients find it difficult to attend due to work or other commitments, so by extending our opening hours we make it much easier for these patients to get an x-ray. Patients who have already used the service during these new opening times felt it a real bonus to be able to attend at a time that is convenient to them. Saturday morning is proving to be a very popular time.”
Grantham X-ray department is open at the following times for patients with a request from their GP. No appointment is necessary.
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30 pm and 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday : 9.30am – 1pm
Access to the radiology and MRI departments after 6.30pm is via the tower block entrance.