WAIT times for x-rays are being reduced at Newquay Community Hospital thanks to a new upgrade.

Digital radiography equipment has been installed, which means more patients can now be seen every day.

The device uses x-ray sensitive plates to directly capture data during examinations.

The data is then sent to a computer system without the need for a cassette, which speeds up the process and produces higher quality images.

The diagnostic service is provided by Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Clinical matron Rebecca Tica said: “We have much clearer images and diagnostics for our patients. We’re hoping that because these images are instant, waiting times will be reduced.

“We’re hoping that we will be able to see an additional 10 and 15 patients per day.

“We’ve been closed for two months while this major upgrade takes place.

“We’ve not only got the upgraded Philips x-ray machine, but we’ve also got new flooring, everything has been decorated so it’s feeling lovely and fresh.

“Our minor injury unit practitioners have shown me some of the x-rays that they’re seeing and they’re so much clearer.

“It’s made a clear diagnosis a lot easier for them as well, so it’s great news all round.”