Community effort sees CT scanner here today
After a fierce battle and ‘‘overwhelming support’’ from the community, the CT scanner will arrive at Dunstan Hospital today. Central Otago Health Services general manager Karyn Penno said the suite which will house the room was completed on April 24 and today preparations will begin to install the scanner. ‘‘The community has been so generous toward this project. It’s just so humbling,’’ she said. The scanner would be operational during the first week of June and the first patients were being identified. Donations ranged from large ones from organisations to individual ones from families. The support for the scanner was a real indication of how much the community valued having the service. ‘‘It has really been quite overwhelming, the response of the community,’’ she said. Once installed, the scanner will mean 1000 people a year would not have to travel to Dunedin for the service. More than $200,000 had been raised in four months but another $50,000 was needed. The total cost of having the scanner, including operating costs, for the first five years was expected to be $3.4m. Next week a Dress Up Box costume parade and fashion show will be held by Alexandra Musical Society to raise funds for the scanner appeal. Event organiser Ann Jones said the event will showcase fancy dress outfits, costume accessories, evening wear and a bridal finale. Three shows will be held between May 16 and 18 and 50 per cent of profits from the event will go towards the scanner appeal.
Show time: The Dress Up Box costume show models Damianne Wells, Colin and Esther McKay at a dress rehearsal for the show, which will raise funds for the CT scanner appeal.