TACKLING WAIT TIMES AND REDUCING BACKLOGS FOR PATIENTS
committed for more appointment times and increased access
The COVID-19 pandemic caused delays for patients waiting for diagnostic scans but QEII Foundation donors are helping the QEII get back on track. From the donor-funded QEII COVID-19 Response Fund, additional technologists, sonographers, and appointment booking staff were hired to extend the hours of operation of CT-scan, ultrasound, and MRI services.
The COVID-19 Recovery strategy and supporting funding is helping us deal with a major issue. Timely access to diagnostic imaging is critical for providing the best care to patients.
– Hassan Jankari
Photo: Nuclear medicine technologist, Hassan Jankari, helps prepare radioactive tracers that can detect cancer during a patient’s PET-CT scan.
A total of 28,000 CT, ultrasound and MRI appointments were cancelled in the months after COVID-19 hit the province. Although urgent and semi-urgent appointments — including cancer care — were not cancelled, the wait times for scheduled scans increased. Donor support allowed appointments to be opened up to patients on weekends and until 11 p.m. on weeknights, with as many as 275 patients a week now receiving their diagnostic scans.
The current backlog of outpatients waiting for diagnostic imaging will be cleared and changes will be made to meet the 60-day standard of providing elective CT and ultrasound services to patients.
Photo: DI team photo
QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation
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Halifax, Nova Scotia