Gabes Lau.

Radiologist Gabes Lau was closely involved in the staff user groups helping plan the New Dunedin Hospital


What does your job involve?

I am the Clinical Lead of Interventional Radiology.

Interventional Radiology is commonly associated with work in DSA (Digital Subtraction Angiography), which involves endovascular work, along with biliary and genitourinary.

More recently, I have developed an ablation service in CT, which involves treating tumours in patients who are deemed not suitable for major surgery.

The importance of having a voice

I was on two user groups. One was for the Ambulatory Care & Medical Physiology Labs User Group and the other one was the Interventional Cardiology User Group, which I had ingratiated myself onto. I heard about the user group and I felt it was important for radiology to be represented to make sure that interventional radiology has a say for the new department and in the new hospital.

I ensured the voice of Interventional Radiology was heard!

The future vision

What we’re doing is we’re not just taking our current plan for the hospital, we have to think about what the current trends are heading towards.

And we will make calls. Some of them may come off and some of them won’t.

But what is reassuring is that the main call that has been made for the Interventional Radiology service for the new hospital is already being done across the Tasman and around the world. So the aim in seven years will be to have a service that is comparable to current world standards.

Another aspect we have to be aware of is there are clinicians going through their training now who may learn new techniques and procedures overseas. So we have to be set up to accommodate their needs.

Are you excited about the new hospital?

Oh definitely. I found both user group sessions useful and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be involved.