Scans rebooked after CT failure

Dunedin Hospital is rebooking patients whose appointments had to be postponed after a CT scanner broke down last week.

The breakdown, which put the machine out of action from Monday to Wednesday, will have been a setback for a service battling to hit a target of 95% of patients receiving a report of their scan within 42 days.

A year ago it was reported some patients were waiting upwards of 200 days for a routine scan.

Papers presented to the last SDHB commissioner’s meeting showed efforts to bring that down were having some success, and 85% of patients had been seen within the 42-day target — up from 71%.

Dunedin patients have been seen in Oamaru and Southland to help clear the backlog.

"The scanner was fully operational again on Thursday," Dr Ben Wilson, clinical leader of radiology, said.

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