Slight delays expected at Carbonear hospital
Installation of new diagnostic equipment will mean faster, more efficient services, says CEO
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.”