Wellington Phoenix are now affiliated with two of New Zealand’s leading radiology imaging services, providing significant health benefits to its players and easing logistical stress.
Pacific Radiology and Auckland Radiology are representatives of the RHCNZ Medical Imaging Group – New Zealand’s largest private radiology provider – with over 80 locations across the country.
As a result, players will have faster and more efficient access to specialist radiology services, including x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans, and bone density scans.
Whilst the players are indeed the main beneficiaries of the partnership, there are also recognised productivity benefits for Wellington Phoenix staff.
“In our line of work having imaging done accurately and as quickly as possible could be the difference between a player being available for the weekend and not,” Head Phoenix physiotherapist Cory Glover said via club press release.
“We had an example of that ahead of the men’s opening game when a player got imaging urgently through Pacific Radiology. It allowed the player to play on Sunday versus being stuck at home over the weekend and being in the dark about their injury.
“As a result of this partnership we can plan a lot faster and carry out our rehab accordingly which is super handy.”
The RHCNZ Medical Imaging Group played a crucial role in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, strengthening its ties to football in New Zealand. CEO Terry McLaughlin says that Pacific Radiology and Auckland Radiology will continue this role for the Phoenix.
“Our clinical teams play a vital role in providing accurate, detailed, and timely imaging services that aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries,” he added via media release.
“Their dedication to the welfare of athletes ensures that individuals at every level of sport receive the highest quality care.”
The new deal is both a win for player welfare and for the productivity of the Wellington Phoenix’s physiotherapy and rehabilitation services.