Checking out the new ultrasound at Injune MPHS – from left – Dr Susan Evans, Registered
Nurse Beth Thompson, Director of Nursing Shirley Tyrie and Dr Phillip Barbour.

A new ultrasound machine has been delivered to the Injune Multipurpose Health Service as part of a
program to give local doctors improved emergency assessment tools.

South West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Linda Patat said the new $60,000 ultrasound
was part of a health service-wide program that had started earlier in the year with Cunnamulla and
Mungindi.

“As well as Cunnamulla and Mungindi, and now Injune, we plan to install similar ultrasounds in other
smaller facilities in the South West that have doctors on site,’’ she said.

“Cunnamulla and Mungindi were used as pilot sites and have shown the usefulness of having these
ultrasounds available.’’

Injune MPHS Director of Nursing Shirley Tyrie said the ultrasound machine was a new piece of
equipment not previously available before at the hospital.

“It will be used by local doctors in emergency cases to gauge the extent of injuries and other trauma to a
patient,’’ she said.

“This information will then help them decide whether the patient can continue to be treated locally or
whether they require transfer to a larger centre within the South West or outside our region.

“It’s a really great addition to our hospital.’’

Ms Patat said all rural and emergency doctors, along with anaesthetists, nowadays received basic
training in the use of ultrasound equipment for emergency assessment of patients.

“So, it makes sense to have this equipment available for them to use,’’ she said.

“Using ultrasound equipment for emergency assessment is not the same as using it for detailed
diagnostic purposes, such as ultrasounds to investigate organ or tissue functions.

“These are more specialised functions that are the preserve of trained sonographers and specialist
radiologists but certainly the machines can also be used by doctors for quick assessments,’’ he said.

“However, the machines we have chosen to start introducing to medically-staffed facilities can be used
for the full range of assessment and diagnostic functions if required.

“We can upload imagery from them electronically to send to diagnostic specialists at a larger facility
within the South West or further afield for further interpretation and analysis that can then be fed back to
the treating doctor on-site.’’

ENDS

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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