A new radiology department at Cranleigh Village Community Hospital has been officially opened by Guildford MP Anne Milton, after the local community donated nearly half a million pounds.
In a show of community spirit the Cranleigh League of Friends donated £400,000 to pay for a new radiology department which will provide x-ray and ultrasound services at the community hospital, with the local Women’s Institute donating £6,000 to furnish it.
This generous donation follows on from the previous donation made by the Cranleigh League of Friends in 2017 of £89,932 for ultrasound equipment which will sit in the new x-ray department.
The new department will allow radiology outpatient services to be done at the local hospital instead of patients needing to travel further afield to Haslemere, Milford or Guildford.
The opening coincides with the Royal Surrey County Hospital last month celebrating a year since taking over provision of adult community health services to Guildford and Waverley.
Louise Stead, Chief Executive at Royal Surrey County Hospital said:
Our community hospitals are vital in delivering services and care to the local population of Guildford and Waverley.
The opening of this new radiology department in Cranleigh will make a huge difference to how we deliver outpatient services locally and will ensure patients do not have to travel as far.
We have enjoyed working with the Cranleigh League of Friends and the Cranleigh Evening Women’s Institute to get this project over the line and would like to thank them for their generosity.
Rt Hon Anne Milton, MP said:
I was thrilled to be asked to officially open the new radiology department and I know I speak for many in thanking both the League of Friends and the Cranleigh Evening WI for their extremely generous donations which have made this possible.
Local people need services close to their homes and my grateful thanks also go to Louise Stead and everyone at Royal Surrey for working so hard to make sure this happens.
Dr Andrew Carne, Consultant Radiologist at Royal Surrey County Hospital, said:
This development will breathe new life into Cranleigh Village Hospital, facilitating not just x-ray and ultrasound but other outpatient services that could be provided locally.
The generosity of local residents donating to the Cranleigh League of Friends and the Women’s Institute has been fantastic. We look forward to working in the new unit every week bringing diagnostics and treatments closer to the community.
Dianne Davies, Chairman of Cranleigh League of Friends said:
The League of Friends of Cranleigh Village Hospital is delighted to be able to finance this new x-ray and ultrasound department through the generous donations of our community.
The League uses all its donations to fund end of life care, equipment for the Health Centre and to develop new services for our community at the old hospital. This is a wonderful example of our continuing partnership with Royal Surrey County Hospital, bringing services closer to home.
Pat Hill from Cranleigh Evening Women’s Institute said;
We are pleased that the money we have raised has been used to furnish the new x-ray department at Cranleigh Village Hospital.
The hospital is an integral part of the village and to see the new development is wonderful. Our Community Challenge Fund was raised with the goal to make a positive difference to our local community. We are so pleased we have been able to support this worthy cause.
Cranleigh Village Community Hospital is part of the Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust and has been serving the community since 1859.