Scan your way to treatment at M'boro and Bay hospitals

PATIENTS at Maryborough and Hervey Bay hospitals will be able to use a new scanning system to check in for treatment.

The scanners are to be switched on in Maryborough today and Hervey Bay on Thursday allowing people to avoid standing in long queues.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service business process improvement officer Ian Merrett said the new system would help up to 54,000 patients a year.

"This scanning system is going to save the clinicians a lot of time which means more patients seen more quickly," Mr Merrett said.

"Doctors won't be looking for people who may be late or may not have arrived at all as they can see who has checked in.

"As the scanners will only accept your check-in 30 minutes before your appointment, people won't arrive hours early which will relieve problems with parking in the grounds and seating in the waiting rooms."

Hervey Bay nursing director surgical services Shondyce McShane said patients needed to bring appointment letters with barcodes on them to use the scanners to check in.

"People will be on hand to help with scanning in outpatients clinics until patients become familiar with the system," Ms Stanley said.

"Patients follow the prompts, confirm their details and swipe their Medicare card after which the scanner will display a digital map of where they need to go to wait."

The outpatient services at the hospitals include specialist clinics, gynaecology and obstetrics, and preadmission, x-ray and plaster.



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