Bedford Hospital welcomed the ultrasound scanner, which was bought with a £35,000 contribution from the Friends of Bedford Hospital charity using donations from members of the public, to its maternity unit last Thursday (July 14).
The new scanner offers a more accurate image of the baby and a deeper scan to help maternity staff to ensure both mum and the unborn baby, receive the best quality of care.
It will also allow more expectant mums to attend scans of their unborn babies in the future.
Oonagh Purdy, clinical midwifery manager, said: “This is a fantastic new asset to our maternity unit, and we are extremely grateful to all who donated to the charity to buy this scanner.
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“The new, modern piece of equipment will improve safety and experience for the thousands of expectant mums that will visit us every year.”
Felicity Scott, chair of the Friends of Bedford Hospital charity, said: “Thank you to everyone that generously donated to our campaign to raise money for the ultrasound scanner.
“The charity works all year long to raise money for medical equipment to improve daily life for patients and carers and we are deeply grateful for all donations, we could not have done this without you.”