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ECG fundraiser for Taupo Hospital underway

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Taupō Hospital and Health Society fundraising under way for an echocardiogram machine (ECG).

Fundraising for the $350,000 required for an ECG machine is well underway with $50,000 already promised. The Taupō Hospital and Health Society committee led by chairperson Lil Hancock presented their Heart Scan Appeal to councillors at the public forum before yesterday’s council meeting.

The Lakes District Health Board is keen to establish an ECG service at Taupō Hospital as currently patients in both Taupō and Turangi have to travel to Rotorua to get an echocardiogram. There has been an approximate 40 per cent increase in the number of Taupō patients referred for echocardiogram over the last five years and numbers are forecasted to reach 700 this year.

"The Lakes District Health Board has given assurance they will provide a cardiac sonographer to operate the machine. They will have scans available to patients a minimum of two days a week which should prevent a waitlist. They will also cover any staff training costs of sonographers to operate the machine and guarantee to replace it every 5-years" says chairperson Lil Hancock.

Mayor of the Taupō District, David Trewavas is supportive of the ECG machine.

"Based on the need outlined to Council, we are keen to get this addition for Taupō Hospital. This really is of benefit to our community and we plan on supporting this fundraiser and would encourage our locals to get in behind the cause as well. "

An ECG is an ultrasound scan of the heart which is helpful for diagnosing cardiovascular risk in patients of all ages.

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