TAMWORTH HOSPITAL MRI TAKES FIRST SCANS
Inpatients at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital in need of an MRI can breathe a sigh of relief with Hunter New England Health’s new $2.5 million top-of-the-line machine now operational in the radiology department.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the new MRI machine is a significant addition to the imaging services available for inpatients at Tamworth Hospital.
“Having an MRI machine located in Tamworth Hospital means that clinicians and inpatients will have faster access to this higher-level diagnostic service when required, which ultimately can lead to better outcomes,” Mr Anderson said.
“The community have been asking for an MRI machine for some time, which is why I worked together with Hunter New England Health CEO Michael DiRienzo to find a way to make it happen and now we celebrate it as a reality.
“This has been a lot of hard work and commitment to make this happen and I join the community and Hunter New England Health in celebrating an incredible achievement.
“I thank Michael and his hardworking staff for listening to the needs of our community and continuing to work closely with us to deliver the best possible health services to our region.”
The radiology department at Tamworth Hospital now houses the latest in digital imaging technology including three general x-ray rooms, a mammography unit, a cardiac catheter lab, two CT scanners, two ultrasound machines, an MRI machine, a mobile X-ray unit, a digital orthopantomogram (OPG) for dental and jaw x-rays and mobile image intensifiers which provide real time imaging in operating theatres.
A specifically designed room for an MRI was included in the recently completed hospital redevelopment. Work took place to complete the fit out of this room with a purpose built shield and the equipment that is required for the safe operation of the new machine.
Radiology staff have undergone extensive specialised training ahead of the commencement of scanning this week.