Some southern patients are waiting up to 11 months for an
ultrasound scan, a Southern District Health Board committee
heard this week.
Board Crown monitor Jan White asked what conditions could
wait so long for a scan. A report to the hospital advisory
committee said the board was checking the waiting list to
ensure each patient needed an ultrasound.
Staff were trying to establish the reasons for the increased
The wait time of 26 to 48 weeks was for routine scans.
Urgent scans were performed the same day, and semi-urgent
ones within 16 weeks.