Patients will have access to more MRIs with the purchase of two private MRI clinics in Surrey and Abbotsford.
Fraser Health is purchasing two private magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) clinics to provide medically necessary exams to patients throughout the Fraser Valley. Effective October 1, 2018, Fraser Health is taking ownership of two privately owned MRI clinics, Surrey MRI in Surrey and Fraser Valley MRI Clinic in Abbotsford. These standalone clinics will each complete 5,000 scans a year.
MRIs play an essential and, at times, life-saving role in patient care. While we are currently working hard to complete our target of more than 63,000 scans by April 2019, these two new clinics represent additional capacity, allowing us to do more to improve patient wait times. With the addition of these clinics and the new MRIs coming to Ridge Meadows Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre becoming fully operational by 2020, Fraser Health will eventually complete 95,500 MRI scans yearly, an increase of 52 per cent.
Clinic staff, some of whom are already health authority employees, will play an important role as we transition clinic services to work within the existing health authority booking, scheduling and radiology information systems. Clinic employees will be offered positions with Vancouver Coastal Health. Staff will be provided all necessary training to help them use the technology and information systems we use to ensure MRI images and reports are available online and accessible by our care teams and referring physicians.
Planning is underway and, following a short transition period, we expect these clinics to become operational and start seeing patients by 2019.
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