Official Opening For Chemotherapy Service

Friday, 3 October 2014
Portland’s chemotherapy unit will be officially opened next week amid growing demand for the service.

Fifty two treatments have been delivered since July 1 at an average of five per session. Portland District Health had set a target of 90 treatments for the financial year.

The service may be extended to two days per week to cope with the higher than expected demand.

Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan will officially open the unit at 10.30am on Thursday October 9. Consultant medical oncologist Dr Ian Collins from South West Oncology will also speak at the opening.

PDH CEO Chris Giles said the Portland community was appreciating the local service.

Chemotherapy was recognised as being desperately needed in the Portland area and the demand has certainly proved that to be correct,Ms Giles said.

PDH is in talks with South West Oncology about adding a second day of treatment in Portland each week.

Ms Giles said the new service had been carefully planned and smoothly rolled out.

The feedback about having a local service has been very positive, Ms Giles added. People are appreciating that they don't have to spend so much time travelling to Warrnambool or beyond for chemotherapy.

The new service fits with the Victorian Cancer Action Plan which aims to deliver care to patients as close to home as possible.

The unit has been facilitated by the Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service, in collaboration with South West Oncology, South West Healthcare, Barwon Health Cancer Services and Portland District Health.

PDH nursing staff have undergone extensive training to support the delivery of chemotherapy.

The day stay chemotherapy day unit is sharing facilities with PDH's recently remodelled dialysis service in south ward.

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