X-rays are suspended

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PATIENTS are not expected to be inconvenienced by the temporary suspension of X-ray services at Babington Hospital in Belper.

The move follows a component breakdown in the hospital’s only X-ray machine, which is used to assess in-patients on the hospital’s wards.

It is used by about 15 in-patients a month and for just two sessions a week. Instead, patients will be transferred to Ripley Hospital or Royal Derby Hospital.

Philip Thornhill, of Derbyshire Community Health Services, said: “We do not anticipate that this will cause inconvenience to patients, visitors or staff. We will now be looking at the possible repair of the machine while exploring potential alternatives.”