Saturday 17 August, 2019

SWRHA looking for parts to repair scanner for cancer patients

The South-West Regional Health Authority said they are in the process of acquiring parts to complete repairs on the 64-slice CT scanner needed to scan cancer patients.

In a statement, the SWRHA said in the interim, radiology services are being delivered by their 16-slice CT scanner and MRI-machine.

"The average waiting time for CT and MRI scans for patients with outpatient referrals is 3-4months. Clients with referrals from Outpatient Clinics are being prioritised, with cancer and urgent procedures being performed first, followed by patients requiring follow-up scans," the statement said. 

The SWRHA was responding to a report in the Guardian newspaper dated June 14, headlined “Cancer patients in pain as SFGH CT scanner down”.

"As is customary, cancer patients are given priority at the Radiology Department. Upon their referral cancer patients are booked and scanned based on the request made by the Oncology Department. Patients in need of immediate CT-scans are accommodated and CT reports are completed on a timely basis by our Radiology Department staff," the SWRHA said.

The public is advised to also utilise the Customer Service Desk or Customer Service Hotline at 87-SWRHA (79742) to have any concern or suggestion addressed.



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