Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) has started a feasibility study in the hope of bringing a CT scan machine to the hospital.
Carolyn Plummer is the organization’s President and CEO and says there are several factors to examine before a decision is made.
“We have to look at space. We have to look at costs. We have to look at what’s going to be needed to operate it on an ongoing basis.” She adds a decision should be made fairly quickly. “It’s a little too early to give a date but we are hoping it won’t be too long. We are certainly excited about the possibility, and we want to be able to bring something here as quickly as we can.”
Presently, anyone locally needing a scan is forced to go to Peterborough, Lindsay, or other regional hospitals, something Plummer says can be a tough task.
“We all know in this community there are lots of challenges to transportation and a lot of people don’t necessarily have easy access to it. That can become a real barrier for people to access that kind of care when it’s not local.” She adds that when patients need an emergency scan, they are forced to take a long ambulance ride which is uncomfortable and takes an ambulance out of service for hours at a time.
Plummer says should the decision be made to go ahead with the CT machine it will take an incredible amount of community support and fundraising to make it a reality. If the study demonstrates that a machine is feasible for HHHS, a full application to the Ministry of Health will be completed.