Local X-ray facilities are available at The Queen Victoria Hospital in Herne Bay but always require a form from your doctor. This is designed for routine X-rays only and the department is open from 9.30 to 1 and 2 to 4.30 on a Monday to Thursday being closed on a Friday. Emergency X-rays are also available with a form from the doctor. This covers suspected fractures and the unit with orthopaedic cover is based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Margate. Their hours are from 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday. There is also a minor injuries unit at Estuary View in Whitstable with X-ray facilities opening 8 am to 8 pm.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.