Radiology  |  Referrals & Advice




Radiology

Referrals & Advice

Midland Regional Radiology Network GP Access Criteria - these criteria have been developed to improve equity of access across the Midland Region. While every effort will be made to meet these criteria, not all access according to the guidelines is currently funded or guaranteed. If your referral is declined/does not meet the criteria but you think that an investigation is warranted , please phone a DHB radiologist for advice. If they advise an investigation please document their name on the referral form.
 
Bay Radiology (not always funded)

Radiology Outpatient (including GP) Waiting Times

GP Waiting Times as at 1 September 2017

Referrals graded Urgent are completed within a week.

 

  Tauranga
Hospital
Whakatane
Hospital
Exam Type Priority Waiting Times Waiting Times

CT

Priority 2

Priority 3

4 weeks

5 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

Ultrasound

Priority 2

Priority 3

3 weeks

4 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

Plain X-ray

Priority 2

Priority 3

2 weeks

2 weeks

1 week

2 weeks

 

Improvements in Radiology Wait Times (as at 1 September 2017)


Radiology Advice in EBOP

A number of GPs have contacted the DHB to clarify how they can get radiology advice during office hours. As we have only a small team in Whakatane, we suggest you do the  following to help our staff provide as comprehensive a service as possible.

Please contact the Radiology Department via the Radiology Reception direct dial: 306 0809 or 306 0878 and leave a message on their voice mail as messages are checked several times a day.

If going through the hospital telephonist please ask for Whakatane Hospital radiology reception, please do not ask for the radiologist. The duty radiologist is often doing biopsies or other tasks and cannot answer the phone. As you are aware our radiologists have to work away from their desks, often for long periods of time, so it’s impossible for them to answer the  phone all the time. The “on-call” radiologist starts at 5pm.

Our advice is to get your phone calls answered,  go through the Radiology Receptionist who will ensure  a radiologist gets your message. If your call is not answered  please leave a message on the answer machine as these messages are checked several times a day.

Patients with emergency conditions should be discussed with the appropriate on-call team and when necessary referred in via the emergency department.



Last updated : Friday, September 15, 2017
Next review date : Saturday, September 15,2018


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