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The League of Friends of Stratton Hospital is generously donating £196,000 to the hospital. The money will be used to pay for a new x-ray machine in memory of the late Candy Baker MBE.

Ann Furse, chair of League of Friends of Stratton Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be able to purchase the new x-ray machine, which is required for the very busy department at Stratton hospital. In 1999 we funded 40% of the cost of the current x-ray machine which has been of good service to the local population and visitors over 22 years.

“Due to the successful fundraising of the £1-million hospital development fund by Candy Baker and Ray Hockin, who both are sadly no longer with us, we have been able to finance this project through generous public donations from within the community.”

The x-ray machine is operated by radiographers from Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust who carry out between 500 and 600 x-rays each month. The new machine will be more reliable, provide better quality images and will be able to produce a further 160 to 200 x-rays a month if required.

Sarah Washer, hospital matron said: “We feel immensely grateful to the League of Friends for their generous donation. The staff are delighted. We know the huge benefit this machine will have for the local and wider community. It’s fitting that this will be in memory of the late Candy Baker MBE who did so much all over the county, for the community and the hospitals.”

The x-ray operates at the hospital Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

The installation of the new machine is due to start in February 2022.

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