Member for Wyong, David Harris, has expressed serious concerns that the $200 million redevelopment of Wyong Hospital will include a “shell” for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine (MRI), but no actual machine.
The Health Services Union raised serious concerns at a recent meeting that planning for the proposed redevelopment will not properly meet the needs of the local community.
At present, patients at Wyong Hospital requiring an MRI scan have to travel to a local private provider or be moved to Gosford Hospital.
“This causes inconvenience to patients and the hospital, because electronic records from the private provider do not seamlessly transfer to the Wyong Hospital record system, as well as cost implications,” Harris said.
An MRI can be used to detect brain tumours, traumatic brain injury, developmental anomalies, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, infection, and the causes of headache.
Harris is calling on the Federal Government to commit to a Medicare-eligible licence for Wyong Hospital, and for the State Government to provide necessary funding, to ensure that a fully operational MRI machine is provided as part of the hospital redevelopment.
“The northern end of the Central Coast, one of the fastest growing areas in the state, with thousands of new residents expected, as well as over 150 000 existing residents, will not have access to a public MRI machine despite a major hospital upgrade.
“This should be a major issue in the current Federal election campaign because our area deserves to have the best services and facilities to support the needs of our community,” Harris said.
Media release, Apr 24
Wyong MP, David Harris