The South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has denied media reports regarding the unavailability of CT scanners at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH).
In a statement on Wednesday, the SWRHA in response to an article in a daily newspaper last Saturday sought to clarify the status of the two CT Scan machines; a 16 –Slice Machine and a 64 Slice Machine in use at the SFGH.
The Authority says both CT scanners malfunctioned within a short time frame.
The 16-slice machine, however, is still under warranty and repairs to the equipment will be at no cost to the SWRHA. Work on the 64 Slice CT Scan machine is estimated to cost the Authority $100,000 and not $500,000 as stated in the article, the Authority stated.
The SWRHA says it has been working with the supplier to ensure that both machines are repaired in the shortest period of time.
The parts needed for repair have been procured and are expected to be delivered and installed in the coming days.
As an interim measure, the Authority says every effort is being made to mitigate the situation by ensuring that as far as is reasonably possible, patients in urgent need of scans are accommodated at other public health facilities where this service is provided.
Patients affected by the malfunctioning of the machines are encouraged to contact the Customer Service Desk or Customer Service Hotline at 87-SWRHA (79742) to have any concern or suggestion addressed.
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