South­west coast gets new ul­tra­sound

Prov­ince an­nounces new di­ag­nos­tic unit for Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Cen­tre in Port aux Basques

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY BRYAN TAIT bryan.tait@tc.tc

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.”

BRYAN TAIT/TC ME­DIA

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.

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