Nearly $16 million in specialized medical equipment will be purchased and installed at health-care facilities in Winnipeg, Brandon and Portage la Prairie, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced.
“We are investing in the replacement of aging equipment to ensure reliable services, which helps reduce waits for Manitobans,” said Goertzen. “This new equipment will ensure safe and efficient diagnostic services for patients and the health-care staff operating this equipment.”
The new equipment includes:
- general duty x-ray equipment at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg and St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg;
- automated medication packagers at Seven Oaks General and Victoria General hospitals in Winnipeg;
- a digital radiography suite and a vascular angiography suite at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg;
- echocardiography equipment and an ultrasound machine at Brandon Regional Health Centre;
- a computed tomography (CT) scanner at Portage District General Hospital; and
- a CT simulator and a linear accelerator at CancerCare Manitoba.
The announcement comes weeks after the Manitoba government approved approximately $5.1 million to purchase a CT scanner at Health Sciences Centre, a cardiac catheterization medical system and specialized laboratory analysis equipment at St. Boniface Hospital, as well as an x-ray machine at Gimli Community Health Centre.
Goertzen said the health regions will soon begin the tendering process for the purchase and installation of the equipment.