The Radiographer works under the direction of the Radiologist and the Radiology Supervisor. He/She assists the Radiologist with special procedures, produces radiographs, maintains confidentiality of patient information, ensures accuracy, completeness and easy retrieval of x-ray files and films, and adheres to administrative policies.
Principal duties and job responsibilities:
The Radiographer is required to perform the following:
- Interview patients in pursuit of collection / verification of demographic data and additional clinical data.
- Review x-ray requisition cards (requests and clinical history) and determine the appropriate views needed to demonstrate the pathology/injury.
- Determine patient management on the strength of the clinical history given.
- Determine the order in which patients are done according to condition, giving priority to emergencies.
- Provide patients with gowns when necessary.
- Report to the Radiologist or physician, patients who are or may be pregnant before radiograph is taken so that patient can be counselled about possible risk of procedure.
- Position patients in radiographic positions appropriate for demonstrating pathology or injury, doing the required number of views/projections as appropriate to the situation.
- Select appropriate focal film distance, cassette type and size, and exposure factors appropriate to the body part being examined, patient type and patient condition.
- Process film under “safelight” conditions and mixes processing chemicals in the absence of the dark room technician.
- Perform portable radiographic examinations on immobile ward patients and on patients in the operating theatre.
- Ensure radiographs are of diagnostic quality (ability to demonstrate pathology / injury adequately).
- Retrieve patient records including x-rays and requisition cards when necessary.
- Prepare sterile trays trolleys for special radiographic examinations.
- Educate patients by ensuring that instructions for special examinations are explained and that they understand, inform patients if an examination is to be postponed.
- Maintain the emergency drug tray – replace expired drugs as necessary.
- Assist the Radiologist during special procedures.
- Provide nursing care to patients as appropriate for the duration of the time the patient spends in the care of the Radiographer.
- Ensure stability of patients before they leave the department.
- Ensure films are correctly labeled and required patient information is visible, to include name, sex, age, registration number and date of examination.
- Provide twenty-four hour (24/hr) diagnostic radiography service as appropriate.
- Be available and accessible at all times when on duty and when on call.
- Ensure that payments are made for outpatients and that charge slips for in-patients are written and dispatched to the cashier.
- Supervise darkroom technician, clerical and ancillary personnel in the absence of senior Radiographer.
- Supervise darkroom technician in mixing of chemicals, and daily servicing of automatic processor.
- Demonstrate practice of infection control principles
- Use all equipment efficiently and effectively.
- Maintain current registration/license to practice as a Radiographer
- Support and adhere to administrative policies and procedures.
- Adhere to hospital dress code.
- Attend required staff and departmental meetings
- Greet patients /callers properly, handle phone enquiries accurately and in timely manner.
- Wear protective gears to minimize the risk of exposure to radiation and hazardous material.
- Wear Thermo-Luminescent Dosimeter (TLD) badge while on duty.
- Wear ID badge at all times when on duty.
- Perform other assigned duties, which will contribute to the smooth operation of the Department and the management of the patient.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- B.Sc. in Diagnostic Radiography
- Minimum two (2) years’ experience in the applicable field.
- Current registration with the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine.
- Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR)
Functional skills and other competencies
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent patient care etiquette
- Exceptional customer service skills
- Ability to work flexible hours and respond promptly.
- Knowledge of radiation protection and safety.
- Ability to express ideas clearly both in written and verbal communication.
- General good health and high level of tolerance.
- Must have high level of responsibility and be willing to accept instructions.
- Good organizational skills
- Great team player.
Application letter along with resume should be submitted as one document by Thursday, January 26, 2023, to
Human Resource Director
Andrews Memorial Hospital Ltd.
27 Hope Road, Kingston 10
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.