Derwent Valley gets Xray Service Thu 9 August 2012 Rebecca White Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Cost of Living Download hi-res version Download hi-res version The Tasmanian Government today opened a new X-Ray service at the New Norfolk District Hospital in response to strong community support for the move. The new service, opened by Parliamentary Secretary for Cost of Living, Rebecca White, will reduce travel time for local X-ray patients and make available ambulances previously used to transport patients to Hobart. "I know there has been strong support from the local community and local GPs for X-Ray services to be reinstated at this hospital," Ms White said. "The State Government has listened to those calls and we have acted by providing a wonderful new X-Ray service for the local community." Ms White said the new service - which includes a new digital X-ray machine - would reduce travel for local patients. "This new service will use existing facilities and skills to improve services for patients in the New Norfolk area. "We can also expect to see a reduction in the use of ambulance services for these routine health procedures. "The service will provide a greater focus on health promotion, illness prevention and the management of chronic conditions in community health centres and rural health facilities. "And it will improve the integration of primary health and acute care services and develop a closer relationship with general practitioners." Following discussions with the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) it was agreed to re-establish the service, which ceased operating in 2008. "It has been possible to reintroduce these services because of our investment in the Statewide Radiology Imaging Service/ Picture Archive Communication System, known as RIS/PACS. "RIS/PACS enables the transmission of digital images and reports to the RHH Department of Medical Imaging which could provide reporting at no cost," Ms White said. Services will be available three days per week for basic X-rays including abdominal and chest X-rays. It will be available to both New Norfolk District Hospital inpatients and the Derwent Valley community.