A new premium, portable ultrasound unit gifted to the Maclean District Hospital is bringing benefits for patients and staff in the local area.
Clarence Health Services Radiology Manager Simon Fenn said the new ultrasound unit had superior image quality to handle the complexity of ultrasound examinations undertaken at the hospital.
“The new ultrasound unit has an ergonomic design that allows greater flexibility in the clinical workplace, as well as a tablet-like touch interface that allows for increased examination efficiency,” Mr Fenn said.
The Maclean District Hospital United Hospital Auxiliary (UHA) conducted extensive fundraising activities to raise the $125,000 required for the new ultrasound unit, which they donated in March.
The new ultrasound provides examinations for Emergency Department patients, hospital In-patients, fracture clinic outpatients, obstetric outpatients and GP referrals five days a week.
Mr Fenn said the new unit’s digital capability had enabled an easy integration into the hospital’s electronic medical records (eMR) system.
“This new unit has had such a positive impact on our team’s ability to provide high quality diagnostic images for our patients, that are able to be reviewed by Radiologists in Lismore Base Hospital, or local specialists including physicians, paediatricians, obstetric and gynaecological, orthopaedic and general surgeons,” Mr Fenn said.
“We are truly appreciative of the dedicated and continued effort of the Maclean UHA. Their tireless effort, enthusiasm, and unwavering commitment is inspiring.”