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CT Scanner Appeal reaches halfway mark
SALISBURY District Hospital is halfway to buying a second CT scanner after an incredible period for the fundraising campaign.
In just a few weeks the fundraising thermometer has leapt up to the £325,000 mark thanks to the fantastic support of the local community.
If the campaign continues to be this successful it is hoped the CT scanner could be bought next April, instead of December 2014 as was originally planned.
The recent success of the campaign is thanks to the money pouring in from June’s Walk for Wards at Wilton House, a host of sponsored events, donations from local groups and a summer garden party hosted by appeal chairman and consultant surgeon Helen Chave which raised £46,000.
“I just told people in a very honest and straightforward way why we need this CT scanner for Salisbury and their generosity was amazing,” said Miss Chave.
“It is vital that we get a second scanner, it will benefit thousands of people every year.
“I think people find this is a very tangible appeal, they know where their money is going and how it will help our patients.”
The hospital’s existing scanner is already working at maximum capacity and is the busiest machine of its kind in the south of England.
Between ten and 15 emergency cases a day must be squeezed into the already full schedule meaning there are often delays in patients being diagnosed and starting their treatment.
A second scanner will particularly benefit stroke, cancer and accident and emergency patients although it will also be used for a huge range of other purposes to cut waiting times and reduce the need for medical procedures.
The hospital’s Stars Appeal launched the campaign in the Journal in May, and already £325,000 of the £650,000 needed is in the bank.
“The public awareness of this appeal is brilliant and that is thanks to the Salisbury Journal,” added Miss Chave.
“It has brought the community together and we have people from all walks of life coming together to do their bit.
“The range of fundraising events has been great – everyone has been keen to get involved in so many ways.”
However there is still a long way to go and the message now is to “keep on giving”.
“We never thought we would be this successful this quickly but on the other hand we are only halfway and there is still a long way to go,”
said Miss Chave.
“We have come this far but we can’t stop now.
“We need everyone to keep on supporting the campaign so we can get this CT scanner up and running as quickly as possible.”
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