Carleton Place hospital needs more than $1-million to replace aging equipment

The Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Foundation is set to launch several large fundraising campaigns.

The hospital is looking to replace $1.5-million worth of aging equipment in the diagnostic department alone. They also need more than $800 thousand to purchase a new digital X-Ray machine.

Robyn Arseneau, with the Hospital Foundation told CFRA the new X-Ray machine would not only lower wait times for imaging and emit lower levels of radiation, but would be more patient friendly.

"The new digital X-Ray machine that we're raising funds for has a table that lowers to the required height of the patient, so that makes transferring from stretchers a lot easier and also for those in wheelchairs, and the elderly, even small children," she said.

She said around a quarter of patients visiting their emergency room come from the Stittsville - Kanata - West Carleton area.

The hospital hopes to raise nearly $300,000 this year. It plans to launch additional fundraising initiatives in the following months.

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