In what could quite possibly be record breaking time, Canowindra is now set to receive its first ultrasound machine after residents raised $45,000. On Friday Cabonne Shire Mayor, Ian Gosper, handed over a cheque for $20,000 on behalf of the Council to complete funding for the machine, which will be available at Dr Nick O’Ryan’s practice.
The buzz around the ultrasound machine has been created in part thanks to people such as Kerby Lawrence who started a gofundme page, the Canowindra Hospital Auxiliary, Lions Club and other business owners in the community. Cr Gosper said the machine was a vital inclusion for not just Canowindra, but the entire Cabonne Shire. “This will be the first ultrasound machine in Cabonne, and our residents will not need to travel to Orange to use one for certain purposes,” he said.
The machine will not be used for diagnostics, according to Dr O’Ryan, but for “defining normal anatomy”. Put in simpler terms, it will be used to take a look inside patient’s bodies to see what is going on, but won’t be included in formally diagnosing patients with illnesses. Cr Gosper said it was great to see the people of Canowindra and the wider Cabonne Shire come together for such an important project; “The community’s support for this cause has been amazing. It is typical of Canowindra and our other Cabonne towns and villages where residents simply roll up their sleeves and get on with the job of doing their best for their communities.”
By Joshua Matic