Endoscopy blitz to beat backlog, new M'boro centre coming
THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board will pay $2 million for private gastroenterologists to clear the backlog of patients waiting for endoscopies, with almost 4500 people on the waiting list for treatment.
There are 4481 people on the endoscopy waiting list in the Wide Bay, and about 250 new patients are added every month.
"The blitz target once we kick-off is 36 elective endoscopy procedures daily, Monday to Friday, until we clear the backlog," Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington said.
"Once that is done the new centre will ensure that we can meet demand today and have growth for referrals from the community in the future."
Mr Pennington said the endoscopy blitz would begin in July.
Once the backlog has been cleared, the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service will move to establish an Endoscopy Centre of Excellence at Maryborough Hospital.
The centre is expected to be operational within the coming financial year and will use one of the three Maryborough Hospital theatres as a designated endoscopy unit.
The initiative aims to have the waiting times for those patients diagnosed as needing an endoscopy reduced to a maximum of two to four weeks.