– MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN 3,364 LIVES –
In the calendar year of 2016, 3,364 CT scans were performed at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital. Our CT scanner has an average wait time of 12 days, which is measured from the order received at booking clerical to the date the scan is performed. Our wait time is the shortest of all our Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) partners, with the longest wait time being an average of 78 days.
Dr. Jeffrey Remington, Chief of Emergency helpfully shared his perspective saying, “The availability of the CT scanner at HWMH has made a great difference in the level and quality of care we can provide to patients presenting to our ER with a wide variety of worrisome symptoms, like head injury and abdominal pain.”
Before the CT scanner, all patients were sent by ambulance to neighbouring hospitals to get a CT scan, which took much more time and used substantial nursing and EMS ambulance resources. Now, HWMH medical teams can use the CT scanner on-site and only send certain patients to larger facilities for specific diagnostic care. That being said, Dr. Remington states, “Our CT scanner has become much more than a convenience—it is an essential diagnostic tool. As a small rural hospital, we are extremely fortunate to have the community support for this machine and the staff that operate it.”