Monday 18 November, 2019

UHWI unveils state-of-the-art X-Ray unit

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton points to a feature of the new Phillips X-Ray machine at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Wednesday. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton points to a feature of the new Phillips X-Ray machine at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Wednesday. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

The University Hospital of the West Indies has unveiled a state-of-the-art Phillips X-Ray machine in its Accident and Emergency Department.

The machine was acquired at a cost of $29 million.

The machine will, according to UHWI Chief Executive Officer Kevin Allen, reduce the waiting time for patients who enter the hospital with conditions that require scans.

“This machine that we have put in will see a significant reduction in waiting time. We have also put in repair and maintenance in place,” Allen said during a handing over ceremony at the facility on Wednesday.

Patients would usually wait for more than an hour to get the procedure done, but going forward it is expected to take only 15 minutes for the X-Ray procedure to be completed.

The digital scanner will send information directly to analysts’ computers, so a faster diagnosis can be conducted to allow for faster treatment to be administered.

In delivering the main address, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the installation of the machine was part of an ongoing process of modernising the health sector by the government.

“In another month or so we will see other phases of the drive. This is a no brainer for us to have this kind of equipment and it should be the norm, not the exception,” he said.

The X-Ray machine is able to take scans at 360 degree angles and has different heights and features to accommodate specific injuries.

The hospital is also moving to configure the machine so that specialists will be able to receive date on their cellular phones and relay the necessary information related to treatment if they are off site.

 

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