New Fort St. John CT scanner to improve diagnostic imaging and shorten wait times for Northeast residents

Residents of northeastern BC will have better access to medical imaging services with the installation of a new CT scanner at Fort St. John Hospital, thanks to a generous funding commitment from the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.

?A new CT scanner is good news for northeast residents,? said Richard Neufeld, MLA for Peace River North. ?I would like to acknowledge the generosity of the local community in helping to raise the funds towards making the new CT scanner a possibility.?

Fort St. John patients who need CT scans now travel to Dawson Creek and District Hospital for the service. Adding a CT scanner at Fort St. John Hospital will lead to improved access at Dawson Creek and District Hospital for South Peace residents and improve wait times for medical imaging across the Northeast Health Service Delivery Area. Fort St. John and Dawson Creek will have the ability to back each other up, making sure that CT scanner services stay available even if one unit may be undergoing routine repairs.

The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has committed to raising $1.3 million toward the cost of the new CT scanner. The total cost is estimated at $1.75 million, including the equipment, renovations to accommodate the scanner and electrical/computer system upgrades that the unit will need. Northern Health will fund the rest of the costs through its capital allocation from the Government.

?Our community has been requesting a CT scanner for our hospital for years,? said Fort St. John Hospital Foundation Chair Gordon Gentles. ?Our $1.3 million commitment toward making the project a reality represents the largest fundraising initiative in the Foundation?s history and we are excited to take on the challenge.?

CT exams involve specialized equipment that requires staff with specialized training. Though technologists can be difficult to recruit, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek are fortunate to have the highly-skilled staff available to provide these services in a timely manner.