Better services, closer to home
A new service for patients requiring more complex cancer treatments through expanded chemotherapy, begins today at Port Lincoln Hospital, delivering better healthcare, closer to home.
Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said that, to support the expansion of services to treat medium complexity as well as low complexity cases, a new medical oncologist and cancer care coordinator have been brought in.
The addition of new medium complexity chemotherapy services is part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $6.9 million commitment to boost regional cancer services, which has already seen Riverland and Victor Harbour Hospitals successfully transition to medium complexity units.
“The Marshall Liberal Government has a clear focus on ensuring regional South Australians can access improved health services, closer to home, and these new clinics are helping us to deliver on that promise,” Minister Wade said.
“The transition to a medium complexity chemotherapy unit at Port Lincoln Hospital is fantastic news for local cancer patients who will be able to receive more complex cancer services closer to their homes.
“We know treatment for cancer can already be a stressful time for patients, so this expanded service removes the added pressure of travelling for more complex treatment and enables them to receive care and support in their local community.
“The dedicated chemotherapy unit gives staff more tools so they can work with their patients to make the best decisions for their care and ultimately provide better patient outcomes.
“This expansion of services at Port Lincoln Hospital is just another example of our commitment to boost country cancer services to better support the health and wellbeing of regional South Australians.”
The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to attracting more health staff to the regions through a $20 million Rural Health Workforce Strategy and has injected more than $140 million into regional health infrastructure projects throughout the state.
Eyre and Far North Local Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Verity Paterson, said the addition of medium complexity cancer services at Port Lincoln Hospital will further improve the quality of care for the community.
“Medium complexity cancer care involves using a combination of multiple chemotherapy drugs or combining biological therapies along with chemotherapy drugs to treat most solid cancers,” Ms Paterson said.
“This expansion to chemotherapy services will allow more cancer patients in Port Lincoln and surrounding communities to be treated and cared for locally rather than travelling to other hospitals.
“Patients will also benefit from having access to a team of specialists, including an oncologist and cancer care coordinator, supporting them through their treatment pathway.
“Local cancer services are vital for our growing community and we are pleased to be able to provide these additional chemotherapy services and continue delivering high quality care for cancer patients.”
Patients should speak with their GP or current specialist about being referred to the Port Lincoln Hospital chemotherapy unit or call 8683 2200 for further information.