The Canowindra Hospital’s new ultrasound machine was officially handed over to the Canowindra Hospital from the Canowindra Hospital Auxiliary last Thursday, at a special presentation at the Canowindra Community Health Centre. A massive fundraising effort from the entire Canowindra community, as well as Cabonne Council, made the machine possible, with a total of $45,225 raised.
Cabonne Council contributed $20,000 to the project, but members of the community managed to pitch in a total of $25,225 through the Hospital Auxiliary and a ‘Go Fund Me’ online account. With the actual cost of the ultrasound machine being $40,964, which means a total of $4,261 can be saved for future maintenance works to the machine.
While the machine will not be used for diagnostics, it will give doctors at the hospital the ability to perform more accurate emergency surgery, injury assessment, as well as assessing bladder and fluid problems. Canowindra Hospital Auxiliary President Peggy Beath thanked everyone who made an effort towards the fundraising. “I’d like to thank Cabonne Council for their generous donation of $20,000 towards the ultrasound machine, as well as all the generous people who made up the rest of the money,” she said.
“I’d also like to thank Dr Nick O’Ryan who requested the machine, and for his research in getting the right machine for our hospital.” “I also owe a big ‘thank you’ to Kerby Lawrence for helping raise the money by setting up the ‘Go Fund Me’ web page.”
By Joshua Matic