centralAlliance DHBs review Medical Imaging Services

15 May 2013
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) have launched a joint review of their Medical Imaging Services to help them understand and define the needs of both DHB populations, now and into the future.

Medical imaging services (radiology) include x-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound, mammography, nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy. These services are provided across a number of locations in Wanganui and MidCentral Hospitals, private practices and rural health centres.

The review will use wide consultation with stakeholders (for example GPs, midwives, hospital staff, DHB management, private providers, Breast Screen Aotearoa) to produce a plan that considers current and future demand for imaging services across the two regions.

WDHB radiology manager Lisa Brown says the project will incorporate every area of work conducted by the Medical Imaging Services provided by Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs. Patient access to services and contracting arrangements will both be under the microscope.

Miss Brown says the key issues for those undertaking the review are to ensure the region has a sustainable workforce and a pragmatic and affordable investment plan for medical imaging services.

The review will run in parallel with, and interface to, the Central Region Radiology project and the Central Regional Information Systems Plan (CRISP) - both of which have been in place for close to three years.
MidCentral is the agreed lead DHB for the review. A joint project board of key stakeholders from both DHBs has been established. Cushla Lucas is filling the role of project executive.

The outcome of the project will be a series of reports and a development plan. The plan will take into account the current state of the region’s medical imaging services, its strengths, risks and opportunities for improvement.

The results of this review, and the development plan, will be ready for presentation to the respective District Health Boards, later this year.