Work underway for the arrival of first MRI machine at Tamworth Hospital

Hunter New England Health has purchased Tamworth Hospital’s first MRI machine and work is now underway to prepare the site for its arrival.

Michael DiRienzo, Chief Executive, Hunter New England Health, said the health service has invested $2.5 million in the purchase of the MRI machine, exterior supporting equipment and specialised fit out of the room.

“This is a significant addition to the imaging services available for inpatients at Tamworth Hospital,” Mr DiRienzo said.

“We have purchased a top of the line machine so that we can provide our inpatients with the best in MRI technology available at Tamworth Hospital.”

“Having an MRI machine located in Tamworth Hospital means that our clinicians and inpatients will have faster access to this higher level diagnostic service when required.”

Kevin Anderson MP, Member for Tamworth has welcomed the new machine.

“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,” Mr Anderson said.

“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.”

A specifically designed room for an MRI was included in the recent hospital redevelopment. Work has now begun 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.

The machine is due to arrive on site in mid-November, when installation and extensive specialised staff training will occur.

“Tamworth Hospital and Hunter New England Imaging staff have been involved in the extensive planning that has been undertaken and continue to be consulted as we get closer to the go live date for this exciting increase in imaging services,” Mr DiRienzo said.

Inpatients will be able to access the MRI service at Tamworth Hospital in early 2018. 

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