The first steps have been taken to further enhance the health care offered by the hospital in Southampton.
Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) has submitted a business case to the South West Local Health Integration Network seeking approval to purchase the equpment for Southampton Hospital.
Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) Executive Director Tracy Murray says they're excited with the prospect of having a CT Scanner to help out with patient flow going to Owen Sound for the procedure.
Murray says having a CT Scanner in Southampton will help alleviate wait times, along with costs
When ER patients need to be transported to Owen Sound by ambulance for a CT scan, a nurse needs to go along.
GBHS Interim CEO Maureen Solecki says "With a CT in Southampton......(it will) keep our nurses off the road and in hospital where they are needed.".
According to statistics released by GBHS about 10% of the 12,500 CT scans in Owen Sound are provided to patients from the Saugeen Shores and Wiarton areas.
The Hospital Foundation has committed to raising the money for a new CT Scanner, should it be approved.
Murray says the machine could cost an estimated 3-million-dollars which buys the machine and covers installation at the hospital as well.
"The CT scanner is a key diagnostic tool for many illnesses, and with the high volume of traffic in the ER, we are seeing a rise in the number of patients requiring a CT," says Dr. Dave Billings, Chief of ER for Southampton Hospital.
If the LHIN supports the business case, the request will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for final approval.
The Saugeen Shores population has grown significantly in the past decade, and visits to the Southampton ER have increased to 17,000 annually.