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Nelson CT scanner goes 24/7

Good news for the Kootenay Lake Hospital catchment area.

The hours of operation for the CT scanner are being extended to include emergency 24/7 on-call needs starting next week.

The machine has been operational since December 2011 but it’s taken this long to get three technologists fully up to speed.

Interior Health’s Thalia Vesterback says this is what was always promised to Nelson and Kootenay Lake residents.

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An extra hour on weekday mornings will also allow doctors to see emergency cases and inpatients.

The CT scanner was bought exclusively through local fund raising efforts.

There had always been some community frustration that emergency scans needed outside of normal hours required the patient to go to KBRH in Trail.

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