Waiting up to a year for an ultrasound in the South is
''incomprehensible'', Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says.
The Southern District Health Board confirmed this week
southern patients needing a routine musculoskeletal
ultrasound are waiting 48 to 52 weeks.
Waits were shorter for non-musculoskeletal reasons (25-30
Ms Curran said when contacted yesterday she was writing to
the health board and Health Minister Tony Ryall on behalf of
a constituent who faced a wait of up to one year.
''I'm not mucking around with these things.
''I don't know how many of them are out there, but it's just
''I find it incomprehensible that people are waiting for a
year for a diagnostic procedure for something that's
hampering them from being able to function properly.''
Patient services director Lexie O'Shea, in a statement this
week, said the board was investigating how to reduce the
''Options being looked at include undertaking additional
lists where this is possible, and investigating whether some
referrals can be undertaken by other providers.
''If you are anxious and think that your condition has
deteriorated, you are advised to go back to your GP to be
Those needing urgent scans were being seen on time, she said.