The Hanover and District Hospital finally has the Ministry signature needed to proceed with the CT Scanner project.
That final bit of ink was the last piece the Hospital needed in order to award the tenders for the CT renovation room project and the actual CT machine.
So while the old X-Ray room is being renovated to house the CT scanner, the actual CT machine will be constructed offsite.
Hospital President Katrina Wilson says there are still a few more phases to get through which includes a Level A designation from the Province which will allow the Hospital to operate a CT.
There also needs to be an inspection by HARPA to ensure there is enough lead in the walls of the soon to be renovated CT room.
Wilson admits it has been a long and arduous process that began in 2016.
She says never in her wildest dreams did she imagine it would have taken this long, it has been a long two years.
None of this would have been possible without the generous 1.5 million dollar donation from Barb and Henry Lansink.
Wilson adds the community also had a huge role in the success of the CT project, as it was the community that helped lobby both the South West LHIN and the Province to allow the project to proceed.
If all goes as planned, Hanover’s CT Scanner should be up and running by late November or early December.
Wilson jokes however she is not counting her chickens before they are hatched, as this project has been riddled with obstacles and delays over the last two years.
As for staff they too are excited and ready to go after spending a lot of time training offsite on how to operate the CT Scanner.
Wilson says the CT Scanner will save lives, calling it an urgent emergent diagnostic tool.
Not only will it benefit patients, but it wall also provide the Hospital with savings since Hanover will no longer have to ship patients offsite for CT Scans thus also eliminating the need to send nursing staff on those transports.
In all goes as planned a red ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in mid December.