Ryan Supports Maryborough To Get A CT Scanner

Ryan Supports Maryborough To Get A CT Scanner

Victoria Shadow Minister for Regional & Rural Development Peter Ryan

Maryborough Area Health Services Boosted Under Coalition

Victor P Taffa

Injured and Sick Patients requiring access to computed tomography (CT) medical imaging services in the Maryborough area will no longer have to travel to Bendigo or Ballarat under a Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition commitment to provide a new CT Scanner to the Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS).

Making the announcement today at the MDHS Maryborough campus, Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said a Coalition Government would provide the MDHS with $600,000 for a new CT scanner.

“The Coalition’s plan to fund a CT scanner in Maryborough will provide first-class local radiography services and take the pressure off existing Ambulance Services.” Mr. Ryan said.

 

“Local paramedics are often required to take patients requiring CT scans to either Bendigo or Ballarat, which compromise already-stretched local Ambulance Services.”

“Under Premier John Brumby, limited access to CT scans in the Maryborough Area has delayed and compromised timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”

“The availability of a CT scanner will drastically reduce the time of diagnosis and treatment of serious health issues for the Maryborough community and complement the existing radiology and ultrasound services.” Mr. Ryan said.

The Nationals Candidate for Ripon Wendy McIvor said the MDHS provided medical imaging services to more than 12,000 people and the local community deserved the same access to quality medical services as their City and Regional Counterparts.

“The Coalition’s commitment to buy a new CT scanner for the MDHS will allow patients to be treated locally, reducing anxiety and costs and providing a faster pathway to recovery.” Ms. McIvor said.

“Medical imaging at MDHS is in a precarious state because it is dependent on one radiographer to maintain the current level of service.”

“The MDHS Board is confident a new CT scanner will not only ensure the current radiographer is retained but also justify the appointment of a second radiographer to ensure this service is sustainable.” Ms. McIvor said.

Liberal Candidate for Ripon Vic Dunn said that providing a new CT scanner would help attract Quality Medical Imaging Staff within the MDHS and ensure their retention once recruited.

“This is an important investment that not only improves local facilities it will also mean we can keep the best Medical Staff in our Region.” Mr. Dunn said.

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