The much-anticipated, hard-fought-for CT scanner for Dunstan
Hospital in Clyde has been ordered, leaving proponents elated
With a $1 million grant from the Central Lakes Trust covering
the entire cost of the machine, an order was placed this
week, said Ainsley Webb, chairwoman of Central Otago Health
Inc, the hospital's governing body.
''It's a feeling of elation and relief ... that we have got
the scanner for Central Otago and that it has been ordered,
payment has been made and that it is all really happening.''
Russell McGeorge, chairman of Central Otago Health Services
Ltd, which runs the hospital, was also relieved but said
there was still much work to be done.
''It's a pretty big milestone. It's the end of one long road
... It's all go for this project now because we have made the
The machine was due to be delivered in March and would be
operational by April but, before that could happen, the ''CT
suite'' would need to be built, he said.
Mrs Webb said a hospital room would need to be modified to
include lead-lined walls, which was expected to cost
Charity group Friends of Dunstan Hospital had agreed to
underwrite $150,000 but the rest would come from community
Mr McGeorge said local Lions and Rotary groups had banded
together to fundraise and hopefully cover the rest of the
Their efforts would see simultaneous garage sales in
Alexandra, Cromwell, Roxburgh and Wanaka on February 16.
He was confident the money could be raised, he said.
''The community support has been wonderful, so I'm not too
concerned about fundraising. The Central Otago community
always steps up.''
Mrs Webb said they started lobbying for a scanner about four
years ago ''but the argument has intensified over the last
After some debate about the best location for a scanner to
serve the wider Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes district,
the Southern District Health Board decided in June to install
two scanners - one at Dunstan and one at Lakes District
Hospital in Frankton.
Mrs Webb said the Lakes district scanner was probably another
two years away.
The DHB had also agreed to cover the operational costs of the
machine for patients requiring scans, under the public health
system, she said. Though the machine would be operational
from April, a formal opening for it was intended when the
hospital celebrated its 150th anniversary in August.