Bustamante Hospital for Children acquires new $68M machine

September 13, 2016
Dr Christopher Tufton

A new Fluoroscopy unit is now in service at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew.

The new unit, which costs $68 million, was officially commissioned into service by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton during a ceremony held at the hospital last Thursday.

The machine will function dually as an x-ray, as well as a fluoroscopy unit, and will reduce the processing time for X-rays from 90 to 15 minutes.

Critical procedures such as barium enema and Micturating Cystourethrogram (MCUG), which is useful to identify surgically correctable problems in the bladder, can now be performed at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. These tests were previously outsourced.

While commending the South East Regional Health Authority and the National Health Fund for the role they played in getting the unit, Tufton also urged the hospital staff to take care of the machine.


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