Category: Medical and Hospital
Created: Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:27
A $2.5 million investment in state of the art diagnostic scanners was celebrated as the Minister of Health, Hon. Tony Ryall officially declared them open for use at Hawke's Bay Hospital.
The two scanners a CT (Computed Tomography 128 slice) and a NM (Nuclear Medicine scanner in conjunction with a CT 16 slice scanner) replace the aging CT 40 slice scanner and single slice nuclear medicine scanner that was not able to act as back-up, because of limited diagnostic capability.
Radiology manager Paula Jones said this was a great day not only for staff at Hawke's Bay Hospital but for people in Hawke's Bay.
"We now have two scanners that provide diagnostic CT capability that can back each other up if we need them to," she said.
"This will reduce wait times, and will mean people won't have to travel out of town if the main CT scanner is out for maintenance.
"In 2004 funding for the old CT scanner was donated to Hawke's Bay Hospital by the Tom McCormack Estate and we have been very grateful for that.
The CT scanner was a great workhorse and completed over 9000 examinations a year.
" Chief executive Kevin Snee said having the ability to invest in technology was vitally important to the board going forward.
"Over the past few years we have been able to make significant investments in health for people in Hawke's Bay - the development of the Wairoa Health Centre, a new seventh theatre, a new mental health unit (currently being developed), investment in new technology like the two scanners and a new renal dialysis unit.
" Dr Snee said being financially sustainable was the key to the community being able to have access to the infrastructure and technology they deserved.
"The new CT and nuclear medicine scanner are integral to being able to provide a quality and safe health service, where clinicians have access to the best diagnostic tools to help them do their job."