NSLHD News February 13

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai General Manager Lee Gregory helps Ku-ring-gai MP Alister Henskens and Hornsby MP Matt Kean cut the ribbon to open the new Medical Imaging Department.

Hornsby’s new Imaging Department opens The new Medical Imaging Department at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital has opened boasting the latest scanning and imaging technology – including an MRI for the first time in the hospital’s history. scanner, new CTs, ultrasounds and x-rays. The local community will also benefit from a new orthopantogram (OPG) which allows for dental xrays and a fluoroscopy unit which is used widely for stroke patients to review speech and swallowing.

Hornsby MP, Matt Kean, and Ku-ring-gai MP, Alister Henskens, officially opened the department which is now double the size of the former unit. Staff are excited to care for patients in the new department which also has a SPECT

The $265 million redevelopment of the hospital is progressing well with other departments set to move into the new Clinical Services Building later this year.

Innovative approach to back pain Researchers from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney are conducting a study using text messages to support people with low back pain.

“We’re keen to measure the effectiveness of a new approach using technology. “Text messaging is an easy, accessible and affordable intervention that can empower people with low back pain to better manage their own symptoms. “Our TEXT4myBACK study will assess whether text messages are able to improve patients’ knowledge about their condition and decrease the costs associated with their alleviating their pain.” To find out more, watch the #TEXT4myBACK video at youtube.com/watch?v=zhtavBjLlyA or complete a pre-screening survey at bit.ly/TEXT4myBACK

Named TEXT4myBACK, the study will compare two different formats of text message interventions to help people better manage their symptoms. Professor Manuela Ferreira is expecting strong interest and participation in the study with large numbers of people across the community experiencing back pain. “Research has shown us that low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide, greatly impacting social, family and work activities,” Prof Ferreira said.



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