Nationwide News understands that the Kingston Public Hospital is currently not in possession of a working Computing Tomography or CT Scanner machine.
Its understood the machine at the KPH has been in disservice for several weeks.
A CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body.
As we hear in this report from Cecil Thoms, the unavailability of the machine is making life miserable for at least one patient.
Vincent Walker drives a JUTA tour bus for a living.
Two weeks ago the 58 year old St. Andrew resident suffered a massive stroke, which sent him to ward 1A at the KPH.
His brother-in-law, Peter Davis, says Walker has been left paralyzed on the right side of his body.
Mr. Davis, who visited our office today, says his brother-in-law is not receiving adequate care.
According to Mr. Davis, the CT scanner at KPH doesn’t work.
Mr. Davis says he has had to find the 15-thousand dollar fee for Walker to do the scan privately at the Winchester Surgical and Medical Institute in Half Way Tree, St. Andrew.
But he claims that a shortage of staff and only one functioning ambulance at KPH, has so far frustrated his efforts to have his brother-in-law transported to the private facility.
Mr. Davis says he may have to find another 30-thousand dollars to pay for a private ambulance to take his brother-in-law for the crucial scan.
He says KPH staff have informed him that he will be taking this route at his own risk.
When our news centre contacted the KPH today, we were told that no one in administration was able to take our call, as they were all in a meeting.
The Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, SERHA, which oversees the operations of the KPH, Dr. Andrei Cooke, declined to even take a question on the matter.