Two-year wait for Queenstown CT scanner

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It’s official – Queenstown will have to wait two years for a CT scanner whilst Dunstan Hospital at nearby Clyde will get one as soon as possible.

Southland District Health Board signed off on the decision today.

A public/private partnership will be implemented to provide the Queenstown scanner, a medical imaging device.

In a joint statement today (Thursday), the Wakatipu Health Reference Group and Central Otago Health Service Ltd say they support the health board’s decision as a pragmatic and positive solution for delivery of sustainable services in the region.

“We accept introducing a Queenstown scanner needs to be a part of an overall site redevelopment of Lakes District Hospital,” reference group chair and Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden says.

The group would continue to work closely with the health board to push for installation of a scanner in the Wakatipu as early as possible, she adds.

Central Otago Health Service acting chair Brenda Wills says there are a number of issues to be worked through – for example clinical, workforce, operational and funding – before we will see a scanner at Dunstan Hospital available for patient use.

“None of these are insurmountable and we are committed to working to a timeframe of a scanner being available by the end of the year,” she says.