CT scan­ner promised by 2018

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices at Lakes District Hos­pi­tal will be im­proved, with a CT scan­ner due by 2018.

South­ern District Health Board deputy com­mis­sioner Richard Thomp­son said di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices were a pri­or­ity at the Lakes Hos­pi­tal de­vel­op­ment.

A CT scan­ner was needed in Queen­stown and it was ‘‘quite a crit­i­cal’’ mat­ter.

‘‘If you don’t have CT, ul­tra­sound and an X-ray and that di­ag­nos­tic sys­tem in the hos­pi­tal you do not have the de­ci­sion-mak­ing tools that a mod­ern hos­pi­tal needs.’’

The Queen­stown hos­pi­tal fa­cil­ity had had no up­grades for a long time, which was no longer ac­cept­able, Thomp­son said.

Speak­ing at a pub­lic meet­ing in Queen­stown, he said the build­ing still needed be as­sessed in early 2017 to de­cide where the scan­ner would go.

No ex­tra staff were needed to op­er­ate and mon­i­tor a scan­ner, he said.

‘‘If we are do­ing CT scans here we don’t have to have a ra­di­ol­o­gist.

‘‘That could be done from any­where in the world. We have scans now that are read in over­seas coun­tries.’’

A two-stage pro­ject’s aim was to en­sure Lakes District Hos­pi­tal could meet the needs of the re­gion’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in the short and longer term.

The first stage will fo­cus on ad­dress­ing im­me­di­ate needs and im­prov­ing the hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency de­part­ment, pro­vid­ing a bet­ter pa­tient flow, Thomp­son said.

The meet­ing was held in Queen­stown on Thurs­day.

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