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Radiology services boosted with arrival of new CT scanner at Waitemata DHB

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A new high-tech CT scanner at North Shore Hospital will help Waitematā DHB meet the increased demands of its rapidly growing population.

The installation of the additional new machine was marked today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and takes the total number of CT scanners at the hospital to three.

Its arrival will be complemented by the recruitment of nine new staff and is specifically designed to meet phenomenal population growth.

"Waitematā is one of the fastest growing DHBs in the country," Waitematā DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley says. "Last year, we received around 37,000 requests or referrals for radiology CT services at North Shore Hospital and this year we expect that number to be closer to 40,000.

"This additional CT scanner will ultimately help us meet current and future demand."

The opening is another significant milestone in the evolution of radiology services at Waitematā DHB.

Waitakere Hospital’s radiology department was extensively upgraded last year to accommodate two new CT scanners and improve waiting areas for patients.

The upgrade has doubled the service’s capacity in West Auckland and eased pressure on North Shore Hospital where patients were sometimes referred to reduce waiting times.

"All of these developments clearly demonstrate the significant investment we’ve made to enhance our overall radiology service and deliver better health outcomes for our community," Dr Bramley says. "We are committed to providing improved access to locally-based care wherever possible and today we have taken yet another major step forward towards achieving that goal."

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