CT fundraiser gains first benefits of scan
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.