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Published Wednesday 6 Dec 2023

Learn about the newest addition to Wellington Regional Hospital

Wellington Regional Hospital’s Mammography Service recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 3D digital mammogram. The project was largely funded through the generosity of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation – around 50 percent.

The occasion was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by many of those who worked on the project, from contractors who worked to get new flooring installed to project manager Jack Wootten.

Bill Day, Chair of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation opened by saying it gave the Foundation “a big buzz to be able to do things” like this project. “Thank you very much for the opportunity, we’re delighted to be involved.”


Bill Day unveiling the plaque outside the mammography room

Unlike conventional mammography units, the 3D mammogram is equipped with imaging technology that generates images in 1mm slices. This significantly lowers the chances of abnormalities being obscured by normal or very dense breast tissue.

With new renovations to the imaging room also having been made, people needing an examination are in for a more comfortable experience.

Jasmine Redman, Co-Unit charge Mammography, said the team “wouldn’t be here today without the generous help from the Foundation.”

“The team is thrilled to be offering this opportunity to women. It was awesome to see everyone come together to achieve this; the machine is a great addition to [the breast imaging] service.”


Jasmine Redman speaking in front of the new unit


The unit allows the breast imaging service at Wellington Regional Hospital to continue to provide excellent service to people with the latest breast imaging technology, and helps set the standard for diagnosis and treatment.

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Capital, Coast, and Hutt Valley District look forward to future projects with Wellington Hospitals Foundation to bring state-of-the-art technology to hospitals across the district. Not only do patients greatly benefit from these sorts of partnerships but so do kaimahi in all departments.

To learn more about the Foundation’s work on this project and how the unit operates, head to the Wellington Hospitals Foundation website.