Long-awaited ultrasound machine finally finds a home in Haverhill
The legacy of a former Mayor of Haverhill is finally set to to be realised after a suitable location was found in the town for an ultrasound machine.
It had been planned to site the machine – purchased some nine months ago using the £23,500 raised through the Haverwell Community Wellbeing Fund, started by Betty McClatchy – in the town’s Burton Centre.
Mrs McLatchy spent more than three years fund-raising for the equipment and the need for the machine to be in Haverhill was raised last week by the town’s MP and Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Work had been ongoing to address problematic IT issues at the site, but it has now been decided to locate the machine at the Christmas Maltings branch surgery in Camps Road.
Lois Wreathall, head of primary care at the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “One of the rooms at Christmas Maltings has been identified as a suitable place to locate the ultrasound machine once new flooring has been laid.
“We are currently awaiting a quote from a flooring company and once that has been approved the new surface can be laid and the room put to use by the West Suffolk Hospital team.”
Nigel Beeton, head of imaging at West Suffolk Hospital, said his team initially planned to start using the ultrasound machine for a couple of sessions per week for referrals from Haverhill and the surrounding area.
Ms Wreathall added: “Going forward the room is available for Nigel’s team to increase usage to match demand. We expect to start the new service by the end of this year.”
Mrs McLatchy and husband Ivor, both former town and borough councillors, moved to a village near Carmarthen last December, but not before she had achieved her goal of raising the funds for the machine.
Mrs McLatchy gave thanks to the likes of the Haverhill Lions, Haverhill Rugby Club, St Mary’s Church, ladies who attended her zumba classes in Kedington, the late Cllr Tim Marks and other borough councillors, including Margaret Marks, John Burns, Tony Brown and David Roach, who all gave grants to the campaign, and to ‘so many other lovely Haverhill people who helped’.
She added: “In the end all that matters is that it is installed in Haverhill and you can finally tell Haverhill it is really happening.”