Nyngan local returns home to use her sonography skills

Nyngan local, Elyce Bennett has returned home with her learnt sonography skills to work at the Bogan Shire Medical Centre. ▪ Photo contributed

A Nyngan local, Elyce Bennett has returned home with her learnt sonography skills and joined the Bogan Shire Medical Centre to offer ultrasound services to Nyngan and the surrounding areas.

“I enjoy living and working here with my young family and am grateful to Bogan Shire Council for also sharing the passion for rural healthcare and creating an opportunity for me to do so,” Elyce told The Cobar Weekly.

“I like to think being in a smaller town allows me to take time with each patient, to get their background information, extend the imaging where needed and improve their treatment and healthcare experience.”

Since the medical imaging service commenced in September 2020, Elyce said it’s been growing.

“We are committed to excellence in imaging and that is why we have just installed a brand new machine which is unmatched in its quality and enhances ultrasound imaging in every way,” Elyce said.

“We offer both diagnostic imaging (everything your doctor requests an ultrasound for) and we also offer 3/4D pregnancy imaging for entertainment purposes.

“We are able to image just about anything, exactly as you would find in a city centre like Dubbo.”

Elyce is skilled in all areas of sonography and enjoys the mix of patients she sees for  pregnancy scanning, paediatrics, sports and other injuries (blood vessels, muscles and tendons) as well as scanning abdominal organs and superficial injuries

“We have a lovely team at the Bogan Shire Medical Centre who are professional and friendly,” Elyce said.

“We are lucky enough to have services that fit together such as pathology collection on site each day, GPs, nurses and allied health professionals like a podiatrist, dietician, family planning and women’s health facilities and more.”

The new private ultrasound suite offers patients a large viewing screen and state of the art technology.

“Families are always welcome to attend,” Elyce said.

“We have seen many Cobar and surrounds patients, but we want to continue to spread the word as much as possible so that people know they have a choice as to where to get an ultrasound.”

If Cobar patients are having trouble getting a timely appointment with the visiting sonographer, Elyce said choosing to visit Nynagn (instead of going to Dubbo) would mean less travel, time and cost to patients.

Elyce also guarantees excellent imaging carried out by experienced radiologists who return the results quickly to the referring doctor.

“With recent wait times for appointments elsewhere increasing, we have extended our availability for bookings to four days per week and we always offer same day appointments for acute cases,” she said.