ENCA interviews Dr Pieter Henning on Out of hospital procedures for Covid-19
Diagnostic Imaging Specialists, Keystone Radiology, says it has witnessed a sharp rise in out-of-hospital radiology visits over the last few weeks, as patients consciously avoid visiting hospitals to have these treatments. Dr Pieter Henning says patients and referring doctors are more frequently making use of the out-of-hospital options, specifically over fears of contracting Covid-19 at hospital facilities, and because they enjoy the convenience of these locations.
Hospitals had to implement more stringent access protocols due to the fact that they are the port of call for sick patients, many who are Covid-patients. Henning says this uptake in out-of-hospital treatments is directly related to the increase of patients during the second wave of the pandemic, which has seen hospitals and medical facilities around the country flooded by new intakes.