Stawell Regional Health has further bolstered its reputation as being a leader in the provision of health services, with the arrival of a new state-of-the-art CT scanner.
The Siemens scanner uses the latest technology available and not only has it reduced the time taken to scan patients, it eliminates the need for patients to make trips to Ballarat or Melbourne.
Chief executive of Stawell Regional Health, Liz McCourt, said this had had an overwhelming impact on patients.
“We know many people delay having medical tests as they have to travel out of town,” Mrs McCourt said.
“The new 64 slice CT scanner will be able to provide high quality images locally without the need for a trip to Ballarat or Melbourne.
“This has been one of the greatest advantages of the new scanner, as it helps take away a lot of the trauma for patients who have had to travel long distances in the past.”
The new scanner, which replaced a six slice CT scanner, has been a welcomed addition at Stawell Regional Health.
It was made possible through significant funding from the Andrews Labor Government, as well as donations from the Stawell and district community.
The new CT scanner cost in the vicinity of $700,000.
Stawell Regional Health board chairman Howard Cooper welcomed the arrival of the new state-of-the-art CT scanner.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the hospital to continue to provide the highest standard of care to our community,” Mr Cooper said.
”We are deeply grateful to both the Victorian government and the community for enabling us to purchase the new scanner.”