THE X-ray services have now been in operation at Tomaree Community Hospital for two weeks and over 91 patients have accessed the service.
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Hunter New England Health along with Duty MLC for Port Stephens, Catherine Cusack, Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington, hospital staff, X-ray service providers, ladies auxiliary, Mayor Ryan Palmer and Councillor Jaimie Abbott, members of the community and some of the patients who have accessed the service gathered to celebrate the new service.
Catherine Cusack told News Of The Area, “it is wonderful to celebrate this new service which has come about through the the efforts of many people over many years, and I must mention past Councillor Sally Dover for her past energy in championing this project.”
She believes that the hospital now has not only an X-ray machine, but new IT and staff to support the 24 hour on call service.
Rod Farlow was the first patient to use the service, he said, “The nurses were magnificent, they always are at Tomaree Community hospital.
“it was quite an experience not to have to go away for the X-ray,” he said.
Gabby Holm-pounder said, “I was quite unwell, I was told I needed an X-ray and didn’t even need to get out of my hospital bed I was wheeled right in.
“Having the X-ray here made a huge difference to me and I can see that with more sporting events coming to the Bay it will get lots of use,” she said.
Greg Waters, has also used the service and his X-Ray’s have been accessed off site by other doctors.
The addition of X-ray services at Tomaree Community Hospital has been strongly welcomed by the community, there are plans to extend the service in the long term to patients of the adjacent medical centre decreasing The need for patients to travel either into Nelson Bay or Newcastle for services.
By Marian SAMPSON