X-ray funds pouring in
Mercury Bay is one step closer to getting its X-ray machine after a significant boost in funds.
The total amount raised for the machine is sitting at $124,000, which Whitianga Lions Club project committee chairman Malcolm Brown said was mainly from community donations.
The Lions Club, which spearheaded the fundraising campaign for the machine, needed to raise $130,000 for the equipment and clinic fit-out.
"With the funds we've got, we're almost ready to order the machine," said Mr Brown.
He was hopeful the machine will be up and running by September this year. Mr Brown said they had found a location for the machine to be housed.
Previously it was suggested that the machine be housed at Mercury Bay Medical Centre but it would now be housed on an independent site on the corner of Coghill St and Isabella St in Whitianga.
Mr Brown said the machine had been chosen but the issue was now waiting for the room to be ready, which was dependent on building consents and permits.
Mercury Bay Community Radiology and Health Trust was formed to administer and operate the machine.