Guernsey X-ray machine removed from use

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Some patients may have to go off island for treatment after an X-ray machine in Guernsey was put out of action.

The island's only fluoroscopy X-ray machine was removed from service after it failed an annual test. Officials have not said why it failed or what is wrong with it.

It is a specialist piece of equipment used in a variety of examinations include barium X-rays.

The Princess Elizabeth Hospital has been calling people with appointments.

Urgent patients may have to go off island for treatment, less urgent patients will be re-scheduled.

The Health and Social Services Department have begun the search for a new machine, funded as part of the £4m rolling radiology equipment replacement programme.

The department has approached the manufacturer for loan equipment until a new machine can be found.

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