TDHB - fix the waiting list for scans ASAP

TDHB - fix the waiting list for scans ASAP

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Jamie Jeffreys started this petition to Taranaki District Health Board

Taranaki District Health Board are currently experiencing up to a 30 week wait for ultrasounds. 

For many years the radiology department at Taranaki Base Hospital has been unable to keep up with demand for ultrasounds - pregnant people are sent out of district for 13 week scans, people who were referred in September 2020 are still waiting for scans in April 2021. Many people are choosing to go private for their scans, but this is not an option for every person. 

Many complaints have been officially made and ignored, many times the TDHB have told patients and the media that more sonographers will be hired, but the waiting list gets longer and longer. 

It is concerning that a person can present to a GP with serious symptoms and have to wait 7-8 months for just one part of a thorough examination. It is frustrating that scans for pregnant people are pushed back so far that if serious health issues were discovered with a fetus, it might be too late to act. 

 

What will it take for the TDHB to prioritize the care of people, mainly women, and provide a service for the people of Taranaki?

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