Slight de­lays ex­pected at Car­bon­ear hos­pi­tal

In­stal­la­tion of new di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment will mean faster, more ef­fi­cient ser­vices, says CEO

The Compass - - OPINION -

Work is now un­der­way to in­stall new state-of-the-art di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

East­ern Health is­sued a news re­lease last week, ad­vis­ing that the in­stal­la­tion of a new CT scan­ner was to be­gin on July 16, and work is to con­tinue un­til the sec­ond week of Au­gust.

The in­stal­la­tion of a new flu­o­roscopy sys­tem, ini­ti­ated in the spring, is also ex­pected to be com­pleted in the first week of Au­gust.

“Al­though slight de­lays and in­ter­rup­tions in di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices may be un­avoid­able in the in­terim, the in­stal­la­tion of this new equip­ment will re­sult in a faster and more ef­fi­cient process in the long-term,” said Vickie Kamin­ski, pres­i­dent and CEO of East­ern Health.

“ This sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment by the pro­vin­cial govern­ment of this state-of-the-art CT unit and new flu­o­roscopy sys­tem will mean im­proved ser­vice for our pa­tients.”

All af­fected pa­tients have been no­ti­fied of any changes and dis­rup­tions. Pa­tients pre­vi­ously booked for CT scans dur­ing the sched­uled in­stal­la­tion pe­riod have al­ready been ac­com­mo­dated through ad­di­tional staff shifts.

Mea­sures are also in place to en­sure that ur­gent and emer­gent pa­tients re­quir­ing CT Scans will be seen in St. John’s.

“ The new 64-slice CT unit will pro­vide en­hanced im­age qual­ity, of­fer pro­ce­dures pre­vi­ously un­avail­able, such as CT colonog­ra­phy, while also al­low­ing us to do more in­depth CT stud­ies of the small blood ves­sels in the head and body,” added Dr. Rick Bhatia, East­ern Health’s re­gional clin­i­cal chief of di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing.

Dr. Bhatia added that the new flu­o­roscopy sys­tem, an x-ray pro­ce­dure that pro­duces im­me­di­ate im­ages and mo­tion on a screen, will be a much faster and more ef­fi­cient process as films and cas­settes will no longer be re­quired.

“Our pa­tients will be the chief ben­e­fi­cia­ries of these ad­vanced tech­niques, in terms of di­ag­nos­tic qual­ity and in­creased pa­tient flow.”

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