Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
For immediate release.
The new CT scanner for the Yorkton Regional Health Centre has been ordered and is expected to arrive in late March, 2016.
In preparation of the new scanner arrival, the current CT scanner will be removed from YRHC starting on march 7, 2016. This will result in a CT scanner service interruption of approximately four weeks: no CT services will be available from March 7, 2016 until approximately April 5, 2016 at Yorkton Regional Health Centre.
Once the current CT scanner is removed, required upgrades to the power and cooling systems will be completed. The new scanner will then be installed and scans will begin with a reduced patient load starting approximately April 5, 2016. Training and testing will be occurring to ensure proper functioning of the new CT scanner and associated software. Regular operations of the CT scanner are anticipated to begin shortly after this process is compete.
“We average over 5,000 CT scans in our health region each year,” said Roberta Wiwcharuk, Vice President of Integrated Health Services. “Our current scanner has exceeded its anticipated life span and the new equipment will allow us to provide our patients with more advanced technology and detailed scans.
Protocols will be in place with EMS, Dispatch, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Saskatoon Health Region, neurologists and stroke clients for the timeframe when there will be no CT scanner services available at Yorkton Regional Health Centre, to ensure patients are transported to the nearest available facility with a CT scanner, when required.
“We want to extend a special thanks to the Ministry of Health, the Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan and the many generous donors,” said Suann Laurent, President and CEO of Sunrise Health Region. “The CT scanner is a critical piece of equipment that serves our entire region, and with their support this project became a reality.”