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Community / Charitable trust to discuss MRI scanner bid in the coming weeks

Shetland Charitable Trust's Commercial Road offices.Shetland Charitable Trust's Commercial Road offices.

SHETLAND Charitable Trust is set to meet in the coming weeks to consider the £500,000 funding bid from the Shetland MRI scanner appeal.

It comes after the appeal submitted the bid earlier this year just before the coronavirus outbreak struck.

Trust chairman Dr Andrew Cooper said: “The trust is pleased to have reached the stage where a special meeting can be arranged for trustees to make a formal decision on this one-off grant application.”

It comes after a scheduled meeting of the trust’s general purposes advisory committee today (Friday).

The total cost of the scanner is £1.65 million and to date around £750,000 has been raised purely through the efforts of the community.

The fundraising appeal is being carried out by the Shetland Health Board Endowment Fund.

The endowment fund is a charity which is addition to and separate from the money used by NHS Shetland to provide day-to-day health services.

In the 2000s the charitable trust donated £600,000 towards a £1 million CT scanner for Shetland.

Having the MRI scanner at Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick would help to cut out journeys to Aberdeen for over 600 Shetland patients per year who have to travel south to have a scan.