The Northern Health Authority is embarking on a Regional Cardiology Strategy, with the goal of expanding and enhancing cardiac care for the North, improving access to care, closer to home.
Spirit of the North has pledged to raise $500,000 to support the purchase of state of the art diagnostic equipment for University Hospital of Northern BC, consisting of a suite of 4 ultrasounds with ECHO capabilities. This equipment will reduce wait times, allowing for faster diagnosis and improved health outcomes for patients in the North.
Currently, patients may wait up to 6 months for ECHO testing at University Hospital of Northern BC, and the wait list holds approximately 1,100 names. Funding of this suite of ultrasounds will increase access to ECHO testing at UHNBC while also improving the quality of testing.