Councillors Losing Patience With NHS Over Emergency X-Rays

St Mary's hospital

St Mary’s hospital

It’s almost a year since a new, state-of-the-art X-ray machine was installed at St Mary’s hospital.

But members of the Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee have heard that there is still no clear plan in place for using the machine out-of-hours or in an emergency.

At the moment a qualified radiographer travels to the islands one day a week to use the machine.

KCCG, the body that commissions services for the NHS, said back in April that they would look at training locals, like the GP’s and paramedics, to use the system, which allows digital X-rays to be sent to mainland hospitals for diagnosis.

It’s hoped that would reduce the need to travel or use emergency transport like the Air Ambulance.

But the islands’ Lead GP, Dr John Garman, said that while options were being looked at, he wasn’t aware that any proposal had been taken to the KCCG board yet.

Aisling Hick says the issue is complicated because of who owns the machine and who actually does the X-rays.

Cllr Dr Adrian Davis said pressure should be put on the NHS to come up with a solution, and Cllr Christine Savill said it was the role of the Health Overview committee to hold them to account.

She suggested inviting KCCG to the next meeting to explain their plans for the X-ray system.

We asked KCCG for a comment but they haven’t got back to us yet.



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