In just five months the Coolah community has raised over $55,000 to purchase new state of the art X-ray equipment for Coolah Hospital.
In the past local residents had to travel to Dubbo or Mudgee for an X-Ray but thanks to a fundraising initiative by the Coolah Health Council and the generosity and efforts of the local community, X-ray equipment will now be available at Coolah Hospital.
The need for the X-ray equipment was first identified by Coolah Valley Medical Centre’s Dr Krish, who has been proactive in the fundraising campaign from the outset. Dr Krish and 13 other Coolah residents ran in the recent City to Surf Fun Run with all sponsorship funds going to the appeal.
“This appeal has exceeded all my expectations. Coolah has proved to be a big hearted community and I sincerely thank them for their generous support,” Dr Krish said.
The new equipment will allow digital X-Rays to be carried out at Coolah Hospital and instantly transmitted on line to a radiographer at Orange or Dubbo for immediate reading and assessment.
Chairman of the Coolah Health Council Garry Connelly said ensuring the hospital has the latest technology is an important priority of the Council and when funds were not available from the Western NSW Local Health District for the X-ray equipment, the Health Council took the initiative to drive the fundraising appeal.
“It was a unanimous decision by the Health Council to make this appeal our number one priority for further advancement of Coolah Hospital,” he said.
“We want to pass on an enormous thank you to the people, organisations and businesses of Coolah who have been extremely generous in every way. It has been an incredible achievement”.
The fundraising efforts are now winding down with a Cocktail Evening event on October 12, the Community Calendar and some raffles still to take place. All funds raised will contribute to the cost of the new X-ray equipment, installation, software, ancillary items, consumables, and training.
Health Services Manager at Coolah Hospital, Ann Taylor, is delighted about the prospect of having this equipment in the hospital.
“This will be a huge asset for our hospital and will be of great benefit to local patients. I can’t thank this community enough for their generosity,” she said.
The Coolah United Hospital Auxiliary administered the fundraiser and newly elected President Barbara Welsh is also very happy with the outcome.
“This is the first time we have administered such a large fundraising appeal, and we are delighted that it has gone so smoothly,” she said.
“Special thanks must go to our Treasurer Margaret Ingram and Financial Advisor Randolph Rindfleish for their great support.”
Local Federal Member Mark Coulton was quick to respond to the fantastic result.
“I extend my congratulations to the local community and to the Coolah Health Council. The effort of raising this money typifies the community spirit at Coolah,” he said.
“I congratulate the community on this monumental feat, achieved in such a short time. Our health is, sadly, too often taken for granted. I am sure that this machine will certainly make a significant difference to the patients who will no longer need to travel to have x-rays taken.” Mr Coulton said.
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