New Cardiac Echo Service for Taupo Hospital
20/01/2020 8:52:00 a.m.

Monday 20 January 2020

New Cardiac Echo Service for Taupo Hospital

The new cardiac echo ultrasound fundraised for by the Taupo Hospital and Health Society starts up today, Monday 20 January.

The society (THHS) successfully fund raised for an echocardiogram or heart scanner for Taupo Hospital over an 18 month period. The fundraising by the society will see the new service to the Taupo community start this month.

Clinical Support Service Manager Roger Lysaght says the unit was received from the supplier GE Healthcare, in late December and the GE engineers have been working to set up the new system to enable testing by Lakes DHB staff in the Clinical Physiology department.

The system is also being configured to enable the sending of images to Rotorua, which will enable reviewing and reporting on echo ultrasounds by cardiology staff in Rotorua. Roger Lysaght says a new cardiac echo sonographer has been hired, and Rotorua–based staff will be travelling to Taupo two days each week to provide the service.

Up until now, patients from Taupo/Turangi needing an echocardiagram have had to travel to Rotorua Hospital for the examination. It’s expected around 600 southern Lakes district patients will have an echo each year.

THHS President Lil Hancock says the fundraising was a huge effort with tremendous buy in from society membership, members of the public, businesses and a host of organisations and trusts.

The Taupo Hospital and Health Society has a long history of contribution to the Taupo Hospital. It donated a total of $850,000 towards the redevelopment of Taupo Hospital and also contributed a significant amount towards the Turangi Community Health Centre, which opened in October 2008. During the 27 years of its existence, the Society has also fundraised for and purchased a host of medical equipment and patient comfort items.

Lakes DHB Chief Executive Nick Saville-Wood says the DHB is very grateful to have had such strong support from the Taupo Hospital and Health Society.