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Katherine Times Wed 24 Jan 2018



Katherine Times Wed 24 Jan 2018


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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NEWS Wednesday January 24, 2018 KATHERINETIMES 3katherinetimes.com.au Hospital scanner to arrive in 2019 KATHERINE Hospital is set to receive a CT scanner early next year. CT, or CAT scans, are X-ray tests that produce cross-sectional images of the body. CT scans can be used to diagnose everything from strokes and cancers to head injuries and blood clots. Currently patients needing a CT scan are sent to a private business in town. CT scans are used more often as a diagnostic tool, a health spokeswoman said. Having a CT scanner on the hospital campus will enable us to better meet demand and continue to provide safe and quality care to our patients. A new room needs to be constructed at the hospital to accommodate the scanner. The health department is unsure at this stage how much the scanner will cost. The range as per the future tender opportunity is between $5M and $10M over the proposed 5 year term, the spokeswoman said. She said a tender was expected to be released for the scanner two years ago. In late 2015 it was anticipated that a tender would be released to market following an investigation of infrastructure requirements to locate a CT scanner at the hospital, she said. Specialist advice was sought regarding the site and power supply. This resulted in the relocation of staff to provide an appropriate space. Tender documents for an open market approach are currently being drafted. Katherine MLA Sandra Nelson said residents want and deserve access to high quality services. Currently Katherine residents requiring the services are transported from the hospital to a private diagnostics service provider in Katherine, Ms Nelson said. She said the design, construct and procurement tender is expected to be released byMarch this year. Its hoped the service will be up and running in early 2019, Ms Nelson said. I will continue to advocate on behalf of the people of Katherine to ensure they have access to high quality health services. In 2010DrModherAl-Shawi wrote a paper on the need for a CT scanner at Katherine Hospital. He said patients with a head injury should be scanned no more than eight hours after the injury is inflicted, but the average time between injury and scan was 27.7 hours for Katherine patients. Following the release of his study, a private CT provider was sourced in Katherine in 2012. BY LYDIA LYNCH COMMUNITIES consulted during the Fracking Inquirys latest Social Impact Assessment have accused consultants of betraying community views on fracking, and burying opposition in a report released late Friday afternoon. According to Frack-free NT, the report fails to men tion the overwhelming support for a ban on high-risk fracking in targeted communities, and instead offers a blueprint for the gas industry to forge ahead despite strong opposition. The Independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Un conventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory has released a draft Social Impact Assessment Framework (Framework) produced by Coffey Services Australia Pty Ltd (Coffey). The inquiry chair, Justice Rachel Pepper, said Coffey was asked to use the Beeta loo Sub-basin as a case study to show how the proposed framework might operate across the Territory. The inquiry has already committed to providing its final report to the NT Government inMarch this year. The last Katherine hearing will be held on February 7. Opponents fear frack inquiry betrayal PUBLIC PROTEST: Public opposition to fracking has remained strong, particularly in Katherine and people claim they are not being listened to. OPENFO RLUNCH - 10AMTO2PM AW3445212 ROSARIOS PIZZA Shop 11, 1 KatherineTerrace, Katherine NT 8971 1529 Wide selection of bain-marie foods, salads & bakery items. Burgers/ Sandwiches and Hot Dogsmade to order. 07 4747 2833 Cnr Davis & Richardson Rds Mount Isa james.murdoch@bluescopesteel.com www.bluescopedistribution.com STATIONMANAGERS Did you know we can meet all your rural steel needs & more Weve got your back wherever you are in North QLD and the NT A W 32 14 38 4 STEEL PLATE TUBE - RHS, SHS, CHS BAR - ANGLE, FLAT, ROUND STRUCTURAL STEEL REINFORCING PRODUCTS ROOFING &WALLING QUENCHED &TEMPERED PLATE PURLINS & LINTELS BEAMS & CHANNELS STEEL FENCING CHAINWIRE FENCING SHEET & COIL RURAL PRODUCTS ALUMINIUM Timber Creek - Mataranka - Katherine Pine Creek - Katherine Rural Regions P: 08 8971 0000 Owner/Director Cale Peirce WWW.KATHERINESHEDSANDGARAGES.COM.AU Sheds & Garages Carports Workshops Open Arenas Machinery & Industrial Sheds A W 33 16 45 1 Call Vijay or Mel now for a quote. 0467 584 982 info@easycleanservices.com.au EASY CLEAN SERVICES Specialising in Commercial, Domestic, Vacate and Carpet Cleaning. AW3353703