Queenstown Lakes Mayor and Wakatipu health watchdog leader
Vanessa van Uden says the diagnostic CT scanner destined for
Dunstan Hospital in Clyde will be an asset for Queenstown
Lakes residents as well.
A National Health Board panel tasked with solving the
Wakatipu's healthcare gridlock just over a year ago
recommended to the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) a
scanner to serve the Central-Lakes districts be installed at
Lakes District Hospital, Frankton, even though Dunstan
Hospital supporters were already working to acquire a
There was deemed to be insufficient patient demand to sustain
Ms van Uden this week said she was "delighted" with Friday's
announcement the Central Lakes Trust had granted $1 million
for the scanner at Dunstan.
"This funding, which will ultimately see a scanner being
available within one hour's drive of Queenstown, is something
that's of benefit not just for Central Otago, but for our
community as well," she said.
Asked about progress in getting a scanner for Queenstown, Ms
van Uden said the SDHB was developing a master plan for
services on the Lakes District Hospital site.
The grant from the Central Lakes Trust for the scanner at
Dunstan will help with buying the machine, installing it and
with maintenance costs.
As with all of Dunstan Hospital's community-funded assets,
the scanner will be owned by Central Otago Health Inc and
leased to the hospital's operating company, Central Otago
Health Services Ltd.
Trust chief executive Paul Allison, of Cromwell, this week
said the merits of an approach for funding by proponents of
the Queenstown-based scanner would be considered by trustees
at the time: "Obviously, we'll wait and see what the evidence
is ... the door is certainly open for a future approach."