The CT scan has landed

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Haliburton Highlands Health Services president and CEO Veronica Nelson said June 17 was a momentous day for the organization, as the new CT scanner arrived at the Haliburton hospital.

The machine was made in Germany and transported to Haliburton from Mississauga by Lange Transportation and Storage. Nelson confirmed the machine will be installed as soon as construction of the new CT area is complete, expected later this month.

Appointments will start being scheduled soon, with Gail Kennedy, integrated director of diagnostics at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay – who is assisting with CT start-up at HHHS – saying it will run around 20 pre-booked outpatient procedures during the day and be available for emergencies in the evening and overnight.

Melanie Klodt Wong said the HHHS Foundation is now 78 per cent of the way towards its $4.3 million fundraising goal, to support the introduction of CT and mammography services at HHHS.

That’s after community residents, Scott and Chere Campbell, this week committed up to $1 million towards the project – $500,000 as an initial pledge, and matching community donations up to another $500,000