Port Fairy hospital's $44,000 ray of light

PORT Fairy and district residents have access to state-of-the-art X-ray equipment thanks to Yambuk Hospital Auxiliary.

Yesterday members of the auxiliary presented Moyne Health Services board chairman Ralph Leutton with a cheque for $44,110.

It will pick up the bill for the purchase of the new X-ray machine which is now operating in the Port Fairy Hospital.

The former model was estimated to be about 40 years old.

Mr Leutton said the work of the Yambuk Hospital Auxiliary was invaluable to Moyne Health Services.

“This is fantastic. To get such a generous donation certainly helps us maintain our high standard of care and helps our budget,” he said.

“We now have this wonderful new X-ray machine thanks to the work done by this wonderful group.

“And just as important is this is about the people, about the connection the health services has within the community and what it means to the people.”

The Yambuk Hospital Auxiliary has been active for more than half a century.

Its main fund-raising activities are based around catering for events and the $44,110 has been raised over the past couple of years.

Yambuk Hospital Auxiliary president Marion Wright said the group was pleased to play its part.

“We asked if anything was needed and Dr Andrew Gault said a new X-ray machine would be great, so we gave the money for that,” Mrs Wright said.

“When you come here and see the work we have done has been able to help the hospital get such an important piece of equipment, then it makes that work you put in worthwhile.”

Dr Gault said the new X-ray machine would allow the doctors in the town to scan patients with smaller fractures and it would also be used by radiologists from Western District Radiology who come to the town to carry out more complex X-rays.

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