CT scanner promised by 2018
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.