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PICTURE PERFECT: MRI craned into Manning Base Hospital

Monday 6 July 2020

Cameras flashed and captured the impressive sight of seven tonnes of medical equipment being craned into Manning Base Hospital. The delivery of the 3T MRI, is a significant construction milestone and a first for the Taree community.

The installation of the state-of-the-art equipment marks the end of the Stage 1 redevelopment for Manning Base Hospital. The building has been handed over to the Local Health District and is due to be operational in coming months.

It’s the first time the Taree community will have this world-class technology in their backyard. Patients will have a more comfortable experience inside the machines, which are quieter, wire-free and have contactless monitoring.

The MRI conducts routine scans much faster and with greater detail than conventional systems, allowing clinicians to scan patients within 15 to 30 minutes. It automatically adjusts to each patient, which results in consistent high-quality diagnostics and less rescans. 

The MRI will be complemented by a CT scanner, which is due to arrive in the coming month. The new equipment will provide first-class, accessible and integrated medical services close to home for the community of Taree and the surrounding Manning Valley region.

The machines will be calibrated and tested over the next few weeks, with the first patients expected to use the new imaging services in mid-August.

Stage 1 of the $40 million Manning Hospital Redevelopment has delivered a new, purpose-built facility, providing:
  • new Medical Imaging Department
  • enhanced cancer care and renal dialysis services for the communities throughout the Lower Mid-North Coast
  • new patient and staff carpark improving parking facilities
  • improved access for patients.
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