Southwest coast gets new ultrasound
Province announces new diagnostic unit for Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre in Port aux Basques
The Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre got a little boost Jan. 23, as the provincial government announced funding for a new piece of diagnostic equipment.
A new ultrasound unit, valued at just under $170,000, will be supplied to the hospital.
Dr. Dave Thomas, chief of staff at the hospital, said the equipment will replace an older unit.
Thomas said having ultrasound equipment in Port aux Basques means fewer trips to Stephenville or Corner Brook for care, and the equipment can also be used for testing done by a CT scan, depending on the test.
“The piece of equipment we have now is at the end of its life,” Thomas said. “When it breaks, it’s gone and we’ll lose the service.”
Thomas said the new equipment will mean better testing, better definition in the images, maybe even a little quicker.
“It will certainly allow us to do everything that we’re doing right now and hopefully a little bit more,” he said.
Thomas said the LeGrow Health Centre performs a lot of ultrasounds, from measuring strokes to pregnancies to gall bladders.
“There’s all kind of urgent requests that we do,” he said. “Our in- patients often have to get ultrasounds done, they don’t have to shipped out to other hospitals.
“There would just be so much more transferring of patients if we couldn’t do ultrasounds here.”
Justice and Public Safety Minister Andrew Parsons made the announcement on behalf of Health Minister John Haggie.
Parsons said during the 2015 election campaign, he knew health care was one of the top issues across the province, particularly in rural Newfoundland.
“The fact is, whether you’re in challenging times or boom times, health care and delivery to our people is always there, it’s always important,” Parsons said.
Parsons, who served as the Liberal health critic when the party was in opposition, said he’s been fortunate to work with staff and volunteers at the hospital through the LeGrow Health Care Foundation.
“I think that experience has really helped me understand the importance of this facility and the fact that trying to get equipment for this area is always a challenge,” he said. “It requires a huge effort.”
Justice and Public Safety Minister Andrew Parsons announced a new ultrasound unit for the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre. The equipment, valued at just under $170,000, will replace the existing unit that has reached the end of its operational life.