The Sheriff of Canterbury, Councillor Colin Spooner, joined the League of Friends and the Radiology team at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital to unveil a new state of the art mobile X-ray machine.
The new machine was purchased through the League, largely due to the substantial legacy left by Miss Janine Farwell, who passed away in 2016. League Chairman, Viv Pritchard, paid tribute to Miss Farwell, explaining that she was unknown to the Friends until they were notified of the legacy, but were delighted to work with Hardmans Solicitors of Deal, her executors, to use her bequest in the best way that Janine would have wanted.
Janine had breast cancer several years ago and she had regular check-ups and mammograms at the hospital; she recovered well. Her bequest to the League of Friends was her way of saying thank you for the care given to her at that difficult time. Thousands of patients will benefit from her generous legacy over the coming years.
Gavin Lee, Principal Radiographer, explained that the new machine was a major improvement on previous technology. It required minimal radiation dosage but provided immediate, top quality, images, considerably reducing the time taken to diagnose and treat problems. In memory of Janine Farwell, hospital radiographers have named the new machine “Jan”.