Trust grants $1m for scanner

The Central Lakes Trust has approved a grant of $1 million to buy and install a CT scanner to be placed at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde.

Central Lakes Trust chief executive Paul Allison said the scanner had been identified as a high priority for the region.

The trust was delighted to be a cornerstone funder because the scanner would directly benefit local residents, he said.

"This is only the twelfth project to have received a grant of $1 million or more in the trust's 13-year history and reflects how significant we view the equipment to be for our region."

The $1m grant would cover the cost of the scanner, its installation and the associated maintenance contract.

Central Otago Health Services chairman Russell McGeorge said he was grateful to Central Lakes Trust for its generosity and commitment to the project.

Research had been conducted to find out what type of conditions patients of Dunstan Hospital had and what sort of things the scanner would need to do.

The results enabled it to develop a detailed list of equipment requirements so information could be compared from CT machine manufacturers against what the hospital needed.

A decision on which scanner to buy and where it will come from will be made early next month.

The CT scanner will be built to order and was expected to "go live" for service in April.

Plans to construct a specialised lead-lined room to house the scanner were under way and it was expected to be finished by March.

The Southern District Health Board will pay for public scans once the scanner was operational.

About $300,000 of funding was still required to cover building alterations and support services.

The total cost of the scanner including operating costs for the first five years would be about $3.4 million.

A Central Lakes Trust press release says it is likely operational costs will be covered by funding from the Southern District Health Board and private users.

Another scanner was expected to be installed at the Lakes District Hospital in Frankton within two years.

The Southland Times