2 more days of Restricted Radiology at Gisborne Hospital

Medical Imaging Technologists are striking again for 24 hours from 7am on Monday 14 October and for 24 hours from 7am Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Hauora Tairāwhiti would like to reassure people that while the strike will be very disruptive to planned care and we regret the inconvenience caused by the strike, measures are in place to keep them safe if they need urgent care at the hospital during the strike.

 “While there will be no planned x-rays, MRI or computed tomography (CT) scans done at Gisborne Hospital during those two 24 hour periods, if someone needs urgent care we have a plan,”says Acting Clinical Care Manager Debbie Cordiner. “In this case a Medical Imaging Technologist who is on call would come in to provide those images.”

Mrs Cordiner says  “Medical Imaging Technologists are a vital part of the healthcare team at Hauora Tairāwhiti and this strike will affect our ability to carry out most of our services.”

“Some surgery and clinical appointments will carry on. Only people who are unlikely to need x-rays have been booked in for early next week.  In the unlikely event that a person’s surgery or an appointment is changed, they will be contacted directly by phone or text.”

Radiology services are still available in Gisborne during this period through TRG Imaging, which is based at Three Rivers Medical on Customhouse Street.

“If anyone has a minor accident they should go to the GP or Medical Centre they are enrolled with. They will assess you and then refer you to TRG Imaging for an x-ray. This will be paid for by ACC. Your GP will then ask you to come back to the Medical Centre to get treatment (like having a cast put on for example).

Or they may refer you to the Emergency Department at Gisborne Hospital where the doctors will look at the x-rays taken by TRG Imaging and decide what to do next. “

“Alternatively please call 0800 611 116 for advice and information from a trusted Registered Nurse. However, always call 111 in an emergency.”

“I understand that these disruptions can be frustrating. We are doing all we can to minimise inconvenience and ensure that X-rays and CT scans are available for people who are at risk.

MITs are qualified healthcare professionals who produce medical images of the body, using radiation, to help clinicians diagnose and treat illness and injury.

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