Dr Danny Ryan has been the public face of the group lobbying for a CT scanner at the new Macksville Hospital, and now they are one step closer to success with the Nambucca Shire Council showing their support to the initiative.
"We are lobbying the NSW Government and NSW Health to get a new CT scanner in the new Macksville Hospital," said Nambucca Shire mayor Rhonda Hoban.
"Medical professionals in the shire have said that a CT scanner is no longer a luxury; it's a necessity for a fully functioning hospital.
"The Nambucca Shire is home to many wonderful sporting teams, one of the main issues that worries me is somebody with a sports-related injury being unable to receive the care they need."
Dr Ryan insists that having a CT scanner will not only save local residents a great deal in medical costs but also help avoid complications from late diagnosis.
"There is no doubt it is causing delays in diagnosis; patients are forced to wait days while transport is arranged to get them to Coffs Harbour hospital," he said.
"Significant costs are being incurred by residents of the shire, in both dollar values and patient suffering."
Dr Ryan has lived and worked in the area for the better part of 30 years, and in his experience, a CT scanner is a vital piece of equipment for any modern hospital.
"Our highly trained doctors and nurses need this piece of equipment; more information is provided with a CT scan, it shows bones, tissue and provides a 3D image," Dr Ryan said.
Look out for the Facebook page where patients and their families can go to show their support to this initiative, and also share stories about the troubles they've faced trying to get treatment for loved ones.