A healthy future for Ballina

Ballina businesses are taking health matters into their own hands by uniting together to ensure the very best in health care for the people of Ballina shire.

Launched last Tuesday, the Healthy Community Futures fund is a tax deductible initiative that shows what a community can achieve when they put their minds to it.

The first project is raising funds for new x-ray technology equipment for Ballina District Hospital which includes a computerised radiograph. This digital technology enables images to be emailed to specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing more timely diagnosis and treatment.

The cost of the new digital x-ray technology is estimated at $300,000 and the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) has committed funding of $150,000. The Ballina RSL Sub-Branch and the Ballina RSL Club have also both donated $20,000, while the Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club has given $10,000. This leaves a shortfall of $100,000.

Bob Grant, chairman of Ballina RSL Club and committee member, said the Healthy Community Futures fund was needed to support Ballina Hospital and the committee would be working hard to convince the business community to chip in.

Ballina is a small hospital with very professional staff but sometimes patients need to be transported to Lismore due to a lack of hospital equipment, Mr Grant said. We should be working towards avoiding that kind of situation.

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