The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is in desperate need of a full, Medicare-eligible, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) licence in order to ensure vital healthcare services are available to residents in Hindmarsh.
Liberal candidate for Hindmarsh Jake Hall-Evans said the Queen Elizabeth Hospital had the equipment and capability for all forms of MRI scans, however was unable to operate at its full potential due to restricted licensing conditions.
“I will continue to fight for my local hospital to ensure a full MRI licence is issued by the Federal Government,” Mr Hall-Evans said.
“The people of Hindmarsh do not deserve to miss out on vital public health services in their local area.”
Following a visit to the hospital this week to meet with clinicians and medical professionals in the radiography unit, Mr Hall-Evans wrote to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to explain the need for a Medicare-eligible MRI licence in the western suburbs.
He said while the QEH had a partial licence to undertake some minor MRI scans, many residents were still having major scans at other hospitals in Adelaide, or through private practices.
“Some patients are having to drive a long way from home for major scans, with some patients even having to be transported by ambulance between hospitals,” Mr Hall-Evans said.
“This adds a lot of additional stress and cost to the process, often during what are already difficult times for patients and their families.
“Not only will the Federal Government’s support ensure patients get better treatment and save money, it will also cut down the amount of time patients travel to get a scan.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital provides crucial services to about 250,000 people in the western suburbs with the hospital acting as the arterial hospital for the area and providing a range services including inpatient, outpatient, emergency and mental health services.