Both inpatients and outpatients need to be referred by a doctor to have a radiological procedure carried out (some referrals are accepted from other Health Professionals for limited specific examinations and by prior approval with the Head of Department).
Referrals from hospital doctors should be made electronically and paper referrals are required from all GPs.
Almost all Outpatient and GP referrals will be booked for a future appointment with appointment details and any preparation instructions posted to you at home up to 2 weeks before your appointment time. It is important you telephone us if you are not going to be able to make the appointment offered, or if you no longer require the procedure you were referred for.
Your request will be assessed and prioritised by a Senior MRT or Consultant Radiologist based on the information supplied by your referring Doctor. The waiting list times vary depending on the type of procedure and the clinical urgency. Our resources are limited both by machine and staff availability. The largest waiting list is for outpatient Ultrasound examinations at both hospitals and non-urgent scans may not be done for 10-12 weeks from the time of receiving the request. If you feel your symptoms have worsened while you are waiting to hear from us please contact your referring doctor.
Urgent cases will be mostly done as soon as required and your doctor has been encouraged to phone the department to discuss these cases.
A report of the findings on your x-ray or scan will be sent electronically to your referring doctor within 48 hours of it being done.
All your images are now taken in a digital format and are stored on our hospital PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System). The images can be reviewed by your doctor on a computer at any of the Auckland region hospitals. The images can be made available to take elsewhere on a CD or film, however there will be a charge for film copies when required (please see "Charges" below).