CT scan success acknowledged

Team: CT Trust members Dr Jeff Taylor (left), Dr Brian Norcock, Georgie McInnes, chair Ron Ellis, Barrie Moyle, Peter Westley and Damien Ross with the CT machine in 2016.
Team: CT Trust members Dr Jeff Taylor (left), Dr Brian Norcock, Georgie McInnes, chair Ron Ellis, Barrie Moyle, Peter Westley and Damien Ross with the CT machine in 2016.

Naracoorte Lucindale CT Trust chairman Ron Ellis has given an update on the remarkable success of the community’s CT machine.

In his annual report given at the end of the calendar year, Mr Ellis gave some figures which underlined an impressive first 18 months of operation.

“By any reasonable measure the establishment of the CT service and the first year of its operation has been highly successful,” he said.

“In the 18 months to December 31 2016, 1879 patients passed through the facility with monthly activity steadily increasing with time.

“The number of patients processed in the three most recent months (October, November, and December 2016) were 154, 156 and 117, respectively. The revenue received by the trust from the lease arrangement up until December 31 2016 was $77,852.”

A total of $811,000 was originally raised for the project in a massive community effort from 2011 to 2014.

Mr Ellis said the total expenditure for the renovations at the Naracoorte Hospital where it is based, the CT machine and the necessary allied equipment was $516,000, which was “considerably less than the forecast cost for a project of this kind.

“The whole cost was borne by the community without government assistance and the trust was left with a surplus of approximately $295,000, a very sound start to securing the service in the years ahead,” he added. “Taken all together it is fair to say the community has received a very good deal for its money.”

Mr Ellis went on to say that the trust has identified important objectives for the future of the service. Principal among them is the need to extend the lease agreement with Benson Radiology, which expires this month.

“In seeking a new lease agreement, the trust will promote its policies of expanding the service to five days per week and providing the services of a visiting radiologist on a one day per month basis.

“The trust has formally pledged significant funding to support these reforms.”