MORE than £200,000 has been invested in new x-ray equipment for Malton Hospital, thanks to the League of Friends.

The current aging equipment will be replaced with high-tech technology that increases the reliability of x-ray images, leading to a better diagnosis.

Ken Kay, superintendent radiographer, said: “This is fantastic news for patients in the Ryedale area.

“The new technology will allow a full range of radiographic imaging and it will reduce the time it takes for patients to have an x-ray.

“Because of its modern design, it will also provide easier access for patients with painful conditions so will help reduce discomfort for those patients.

“In the past there has been a problem with the current equipment breaking down due to its age, so this new equipment will mean a better, more reliable service all round, as well as better outcomes for patients in Malton.

“It will also result in reduced waiting times for patients.

“We are very grateful to the League of Friends for this donation.”

Jezz Kipling, chairman of the League of Friends of Malton Hospital, said: “We are delighted to fund this investment at Malton Hospital.

“The current equipment is 23 years old so it will be of real value to the people of Malton that they can receive the most up to date treatment without having to travel to Scarborough or York.”

The project began at the end of last month and is expected to take eight weeks.