Com­mu­nity ser­vice

CT fundraiser gains first ben­e­fits of scan

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

When Les Camp­bell be­gan ras­ing funds for a CT scan­ner to be placed at Dun­stan Hos­pi­tal, he had no idea he would be­come one of its first pa­tients. Mr Camp­bell, from Alexan­dra, be­gan feel­ing ill at Christ­mas time and in April he was di­ag­nosed with col­orec­tal can­cer. Last week he was sent to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal for an ur­gent CT scan. The scan found Mr Camp­bell was also suf­fer­ing from lung and liver can­cer. The day trip to Dunedin for the scan had been un­com­fort­able. Mr Camp­bell was feel­ing un­well dur­ing the drive and he said the trip left him ‘‘bloody knackered’’. ‘‘When you’re not well and you’re

trav­el­ling it takes it out of you. It’s the trav­el­ling that kills you and drags you down,’’ he said. Mr Camp­bell said he was classed as a ‘‘cat­e­gory A – very ur­gent’’ case and was pushed through the sys­tem to have the scan. If he had been classed as a cat­e­gory B pa­tient then he would have had to wait sev­eral weeks, which could have been ‘‘life or death’’ for him as the other can­cers may not have been dis­cov­ered, he said. To­day, a $1 mil­lion CT scan­ner will ar­rive at Dun­stan Hos­pi­tal in prepa­ra­tion for in­stal­la­tion. It was ex­pected to be­come op­er­a­tional in June. Mr Camp­bell will re­quire sev­eral CT scans to check on the progress of his can­cer and has been iden­ti­fied as one of the first pa­tients who will have use of the scan­ner at Dun­stan Hos­pi­tal. ‘‘It’s tremen­dous and a re­lief to know I’ll be closer to home,’’ Mr Camp­bell said. Hav­ing the scan­ner at Dun­stan was go­ing to make it a lot eas­ier for other peo­ple in the com­mu­nity in need of the ser­vice, he said. Since talk of the scan­ner com­ing to Dun­stan Hos­pi­tal and be­fore he found out he was sick, Mr Camp­bell had been rais­ing funds for it. As a mem­ber of the Alexan­dra-Clyde RSA he or­gan­ised an An­zac Day con­cert last month and said it was amaz­ing to see the sup­port from the com­mu­nity for the cause. ‘‘I sug­gested a gold coin do­na­tion but there was a lot of $20 go­ing in the bucket,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s [the scan­ner] re­ally go­ing to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.’’

Bet­ter care: Alexan­dra man Les Camp­bell is pleased he, and oth­ers in the com­mu­nity, will ben­e­fit from no longer need­ing to travel to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal for a CT scan.

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