By Lindsey Kuglin
The South Bruce Grey Health Centre has the second best wait times in the province for a CT scan.
That was announced by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care last week, with an update on the wait-times across the province for computerized tomography scans. They’re aiming to have a maximum of 28 days for a scan. Walkerton hospital averages six to seven days.
“This is something we’re very proud of,” SBGHC CEO Paul Rosebush told the WHT last week. “We were aware we were doing well with wait times, but it’s nice to get the provincial results.”
Rosebush said he attributes the short wait-time to the SBGHC’s diagnostic imaging team, which includes an on-site radiologist, and a back-up radiology team.
“That ensures we get results back in a timely manner,” he said.
He said while that seems like a simple solution to hospitals that struggle with their wait times, there is a cost involved, but he sees that as one of the core services of SBGHC.
“Anything we can do to improve patient experience at the hospital is worth it,” he said.
A CT scan is basically a three-dimensional x-ray that allows a physician to isolate where the problem is and to provide a better diagnosis.
The SBGHC has just the one CT scanner among the four sites. The next closest one is in Owen Sound.
“Even though we’re a rural hospital, we draw from a pretty large area,” said Rosebush. “We’re still very busy.”
The SBGHC tied for second with Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor. In first place is Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, at two days. Over 150 hospitals are on the list, with the provincial average at 39 days.