Radiology Unit

The hospital should have a radiology unit with an assigned or responsible unit head who will be a member of the hospital senior management. The unit must be organized based on the national standards set by the Ethiopian Radiation Protection Authority and the Ethiopian Standard Agency and should be periodically evaluated to avoid any possible safety issues.. The unit should ensure that all personnel in the unit are oriented on and familiar with all available policies, protocols, guidelines and procedures.

The unit is expected to support and advise all clinical departments and other clinicians on all radiological services being delivered by the unit. The unit must avail the following major preconditions: 24 hour water and electricity supplies, toilets for males and females with hand washing facilities, adequate service rooms, line telephone, waiting areas with all safety measures .

The radiology unit of the hospital must develop and have both strategic and annual plans with allocated budget approved by the hospital senior management and the head of the unit will be accountable for its implementation. For radiologic service quality improvement activities, improved patient satisfaction and service expansion, the radiology unit may establish a separate advisory committee comprising of representatives from clinicians, administration and finance chaired and being accountable for hospital senior management.

The radiology unit and mainly the head of the unit should ensure all staff working in the unit are familiarized and aware of both the strategic and annual plans with allocated budget of the unit. The radiology unit’s documented general performance evaluation meeting chaired by the unit head should be conducted in a weekly bases.

The hospital should provide a clear job description for the radiology unit head signed by the chief clinical officer or chief executive officer of the hospital. The nomination and the assignment of the unit head shall be merit based and approved by the senior management. His/her performance shall be evaluated every six months by the chief clinical officer based on his/her or the unit’s approved annual plan and other achievements.

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