Leduc hospital boosted by CT scanner

Patients in the Leduc County area can now access specialized diagnostic technology thanks to a new computed tomography scanner suite...

  • Feb. 17, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Patients in the Leduc County area can now access specialized diagnostic technology in their own community thanks to the opening of a new computed tomography (CT) scanner suite at the Leduc Community Hospital.

Submitted by Lorraine Popik

Black Gold Health Foundation

Patients in the Leduc County area can now access specialized diagnostic technology in their own community thanks to the opening of a new computed tomography (CT) scanner suite at the Leduc Community Hospital.

About 2,500 emergency, hospital and community patients will use the CT scanner each year at the Alberta Health Services facility, the primary emergency centre for the city of Leduc and the surrounding area, including the Nisku and Leduc industrial parks, and Edmonton International Airport.

CT scanners provide an extremely accurate 3-D image of parts of the body that could otherwise not be seen, especially soft tissues. This improves a doctor’s ability to both screen for and more accurately diagnose medical conditions and injuries.

“We were transporting over 600 patients requiring CT scans each year to Edmonton from this facility, and EMS diverted patients with spinal or head injuries in the Leduc County area to an alternative facility that provides CT scanner services,” says Dr. Bob Simard, facility medical director at the hospital.

“Having access to a CT scanner in our own building means we can enhance care by providing faster and more accurate diagnostic services to our patients.”

The Black Gold Health Foundation launched a fundraising campaign last April to raise the $1.25 million needed to purchase the CT scanner for the Leduc Community Hospital. AHS has committed to cover the operational and staffing costs of the CT scanner while the foundation has a five-year plan to raise funds to pay for the equipment.

“Being able to bring services such as CT scans close to home at Leduc Community Hospital is not only vital to the citizens of our region, but also to the ever-growing demands as the first port of call for emergency services in the area,” says Lorraine Popik, Executive Director of the Black Gold Health Foundation.”

“We are reaching out to our community, the ones who will use these services, for financial support. This is a great opportunity to give back to your community.”

In its first two weeks of operation, 19 inpatient and 17 emergency department patients have received a CT scan at the hospital. Previously, these 36 patients would have been transferred to another facility for diagnostic services.”

Leduc resident Tim Sopka is among the patients who’ve used the local CT scanner. His family physician referred him for a CT scan to investigate a sinus condition. Sopka received his scan within seven days of his referral, and he didn’t have to leave the community for the procedure.”

“I didn’t even know we had this type of equipment available in Leduc,” Sopka says. “I live and work in this community, so being able to go for a CT scan at my local hospital, rather than drive to the big city, is much more convenient for me. I think it is great the foundation is raising the money to help pay for a CT scanner so we can take care of people in our own community.”

 

Just Posted

Wetaskiwin mom, businesswoman seeks UCP nomination

New constituency and new provincial party on ballot in 2019

Jambalaya, cornbread headline this week’s kitchen

Season the jambalaya to suit your taste

Urban legends surrounding cell phones

No evidence cell phones cause gas pumps to explode

Wind study conducted near Winfield, hears County of Wetaskiwin

Grant for municipal collaboration obtained from province

One suspect sought by Leduc RCMP after bank robbery

Leduc RCMP seek public assistance for robbery

Toronto van attack suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder

The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others on Monday is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian

B.C. set to introduce pot laws, but years of fine tuning likely: minister

Legislation regulating recreational marijuana is expected to be introduced Thursday

Canadian driver uses lawn chair as driver’s seat, gets caught

Ontario police detachment caught the male driver during a traffic stop

Three arrests in stolen vehicle incident west of Red Deer last fall

Stolen vehicle flees police Sundre, Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan Lake

Several incidents of calves stolen in southern Alberta

RCMP’s livestock division is investigating the theft of calves from several ranches

Fears prompt feds to establish BBQ brush safety standards

Wire-bristle safety fears prompt Ottawa to establish BBQ brush safety standards

Don’t forget about women left to sweep up shards of glass ceiling, W7 urges G7

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau champions gender equality at the G7 he is being asked to raise the concerns of marginalized women

Canadian air travel industry fears pilot flight-time limits will go too far

Air carriers urge feds to slow down flight-time limits for sleepy pilots

‘Battle of the Badges’ charity hockey game raises $35,000 for Humboldt Broncos

Red Deer Emergency Services won the game with a score of 10- 5

Most Read