Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Ultrasound Cardiac Testing to Begin
Echocardiography services will be expanded at South Bruce Grey Health Centre's Kincardine and Walkerton sites.
Echocardiography services are about to be expanded at South Bruce Grey Health Centre's Kincardine and Walkerton sites.
President and CEO Paul Rosebush says the new service will include a contrast echocardiogram which is an ultrasound exam of the heart.
Rosebush says the procedure calls for a contrast agent being injected into the patient's blood stream to allow for a more detailed assessment of cardiac function.
As of July 13th, the service will be provided 5-days a week.
Presently patients are traveling to larger centres to have the exam.
Rosebush points out the value of having cardiac ambulatory clinics in Kincardine is that they can "fast-track" patients to London, Ontario for surgery.
Rosebush says, "We see this as forming the basis of the development of even more diagnostic tools in the future to be located in Kincardine."
He says the hospital is becoming the hub of cardiac services, aligning themselves with the London Health Sciences Centre.
Rosebush says the new service will not add any additional cost to the SBGHC budget.
He says, "We receive a tech fee for each cardiac ultra sound....so it should be cost-neutral."
In a news release, Rosebush says, "Being able to offer these specialized services right here in our communities provides a better experience for our patients and ultimately improves outcomes."