Buchanan Me­mo­rial fundrais­ing for new por­ta­ble ul­tra­sound

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - NEIL'S HARBOUR

An ul­tra­sound ma­chine is es­sen­tial in mod­ern medicine, but it’s one thing the doc­tors at Buchanan Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal do not have.

So, the hos­pi­tal’s char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion is sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets at stores through­out the county this month and putting up fly­ers as far as Hal­i­fax and the South Shore, hop­ing to raise $35,000 for a por­ta­ble model.

“As paramedics, we have seen two-hour trans­fers (to the Syd­ney hos­pi­tal) turn into three and four-hour trips in snow­storms,” said EMT Lyle Dono­van, who is help­ing or­ga­nize the raf­fle. “It would be nice to have an ul­tra­sound in the com­mu­nity.”

The $8500 prize is an all-ex­penses paid week for two at the Keltic Lodge, do­nated by the ho­tel, in­clud­ing use of the spa and golf course.

With an ul­tra­sound ma­chine, staff at the 10-bed acute care fa­cil­ity could “check for gall­stones and kid­ney stones, and fig­ure out if you need to be seen by a sur­geon, or rule out some­thing like that,” Dono­van said.

The added ma­chine might also free up wait­ing lists at other clin­ics in Cape Bre­ton.

“If the pa­tients can’t get into Syd­ney in a timely man­ner, they’ll be able to get an ul­tra­sound here,” he said.

To buy tick­ets by credit card over the phone, call 902-3362200, ext. 245.

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