USS AND CT

Phone (09) 535 7218 to request CT or Ultrasound appointments which will be facilitated by POAC coordination team.

The following are standard presentations eligible for POAC. Other services may be available, please call to discuss.

  • DVT Doppler Ultrasound (refer DVT pathway)
  • Upper Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Testicular Ultrasound (where required same day and endorsed by Urology Consultant)
  • CT KUB or Renal Ultrasound (refer Renal Colic Pathway)
  • Soft Tissue Ultrasound
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
All paediatric (0-14 years) radiology requests require prior discussion with Paediatric Consultant. The name of the consultant providing endorsement must be documented on the radiology request.

XRAYS

POAC funding may be used for patients who are a distance from the hospital grounds (or other barrier to access) and need an urgent, same day X-ray to assist in clinical management and avoid an acute hospital presentation.

Under these circumstances, POAC will provide funding for the following acute (same day) X-Rays:
  • Chest Xray - refer CAP pathway
  • Abdominal Xray
  • ACC surcharges for St John referred injury patients
  • Foreign Body
Note: Chest X-Rays are usually not needed in initial community management of Community Acquired Pneumonia. They may however be required if diagnosis is uncertain and the findings will alter clinical management. For further information click here

All paediatric (0-14 years) radiology requests require prior discussion with Paediatric Consultant. The name of the consultant providing endorsement must be documented on the radiology request.

PAEDIATRIC INVESTIGATIONS

POAC funded radiology is available for paediatrics (0-14 year olds) only where endorsed by the hospital paediatric consultant.

Starship Children's Hospital: 021 740 271

Kidz First (MMH): 021 516 908

North Shore and Waitakere: 0800 244 533


EXCLUSIONS

ACC:

Injury related investigations should be accessed through the ACC funding stream. POAC may assist by facilitating acutely required DVT ultrasound appointments however should remain ACC funded.

MATERNITY:

All pregnancy related ultrasounds should be referred under maternity funding. POAC funding is available where >3 weeks post partum/termination or >6 weeks post partum.

ROUTINE INVESTIGATIONS:

Urgent or routine investigations are not funded under POAC and can be accessed by eReferral to DHB, Access to Diagnostics or private funding/insurance.

DHB RADIOLOGY CONTACT

Auckland DHB

Greenlane: (09) 638 0418

Paediatrics: Walk-in at Starship (a/hrs via ED)

Clinical Queries:

Department Radiologist (09) 307 4949 ext 24540

Radiology GP Liaison 027 491 9589

Waitemata DHB

Waitakere Hospital: (09) 486 8920 ext 6720

North Shore Hospital: (09) 486 8920 ext 2769

Clinical Queries:

Liaison Radiologist (021) 683 541

Radiology GP Liaison (021) 682 994

Counties Manukau DHB

Middlemore Hospital: (09) 276 0044 ext 2842

Clinical Queries:

Liaison Radiologist (09) 276 0044 ext 2842 (ask to be transferred)