Hospital x-ray machines out of order

2015-09-03 06:00
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Edendale Hospital only has one x-ray machine working.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane Edendale Hospital only has one x-ray machine working.

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WITH hospital renovations under way at Edendale Hospital the x-ray machines have been out of order for weeks.

Patients who spoke to Echo said the machines have been out of order for three weeks, resulting in some patients, who needed an x-ray, being sent home.

A female patient from Georgetown in Edendale, who asked not to be named, said she was told to return home without a check-up last week.

“I went to the hospital last Tuesday for an x-ray on my hip as instructed by my doctor, but was told that the machines are out of order. I have pain in my body, but pain on the hip is severe.

“The same thing happened on Monday because the machine is still not working.

“Last week, we went home hoping that this week they would tell us a different story. I can’t bear the pain and I don’t have medical aid or money to go to a private hospital.

“I thought the machines would have been fixed by now.

“The funny this is that there are huge renovations going on, yet they have challenges with the x-ray machines,” said the patient.

The KZN Department of Health spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said: “The department can confirm that certain technical challenges have been experienced regarding the functionality of an x-ray machine at Edendale Hospital.

“However, the department has instituted a process to have those challenges resolved.

“In the interim, patients who are in emergency situations and need to have x-rays taken are referred to nearby public health institutions for complete management.

“The department apologises for any inconvenience that may have arisen as a result of this,” said Mkhwanazi.

Echo newspaper was told that only­ one x-ray machine is currently working.

The hospital is only dealing with patients who require urgent x-rays

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