A portable unit has been brought in to handle some medical imaging needs, and a number of patients will be directed to the Imaging Department at Stratford General Hospital, as the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) begins this week undertaking the transformation of x-ray services at St. Marys Memorial Hospital.
Installation will begin this week at the Queen Street West facility of state-of-the-art technology used for a wide range of imaging exams from chest, abdomen, spine and extremity work, for both Emergency and Ambulatory Clinic patients and in-patients. Work on the Digital X-Ray Suite project will start on Wednesday, April 16, with the closing of the existing x-ray imaging room. Construction, room preparation, installation and training are expected to be completed June 6.
“We are all very excited about this new technology which will improve work-flow, decrease exam times and increase image quality,” said Diane Smith, Manager of Medical Imaging for the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), in a news release last week. “Immediate image availability also reduces patient waiting times.”
The news release describes the new unit, purchased from Agfa HealchCare, as a “top-of-the-line, direct digital . . . ceiling-suspended system.”
According to Smith, while there will be some disruption and redirecting of elective, non-urgent patients, plans have been put in place to minimize the inconvenience and ensure patient needs are met.
“It will be well worth the wait for completion with this new technology strengthening St. Marys site’s digital imaging capability,” she said in the news release.
A new Agfa DX-D 100 portable digital x-ray unit that produces high quality images is on site in St. Marys to ensure essential patient needs are met during the transition. Patients requiring non-urgent or elective imaging exams will be directed to Stratford General Hospital’s Imaging Department for the duration of the installation. Physician offices, Emergency Services, nursing homes and other healthcare providers have been informed of the installation timeline.
The news release outlines an implementation schedule at St. Marys Memorial as follows: Existing removal — April 16-17; room construction — April 22 to May 16; installation and configuration — May 20-30; applications training — June 2-6.
The new digital x-ray suite was made possible, in large part, by the generosity of the community through donations to the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation. The news release praises the Foundation for being “dedicated to improving health and well-being by supporting St. Marys Memorial Hospital by offering funds to upgrade facilities and to aid special projects such as the purchase of new medical equipment.”