A matching grant from the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) enabled the Abbotsford and Aldergrove Lions Clubs to recently donate $34,000 to the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation.
The foundation will use the funds for the purchase of Vestibular Head Impulse Test (VHIT) equipment for Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
The VHIT measures abnormalities versus normal function in all six semicircular canals of the eye.
The VHIT machine is portable, does not cause motion sickness or nausea and poses no ill effects for the patient.
Vestibular screening appointments are shorter with VHIT and can reduce wait times by completing 200 to 300 assessments in the time it takes current equipment to complete 100.