Com­mu­nity ef­fort sees CT scan­ner here to­day

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

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.

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