Cancer patients in Esperance are to benefit from a visiting oncology service which removes the need to travel to Kalgoorlie-Boulder or Perth to see an oncologist.
Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs, representing Health Minister Kim Hames, today officially announced the service would be based at Esperance Hospital.
“For the first time, Esperance patients will benefit from a regular visit from a Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) oncologist,” Dr Jacobs said.
“Previously, a face-to-face consultation meant a trip to Kalgoorlie-Boulder or Perth.”
Chemotherapy has been available in Esperance since March 2008. This service has been provided by nurses with the supervision of the general practitioners (GPs) with phone advice from an RPH oncologist who visits Kalgoorlie-Boulder fortnightly.
Cancer Clinic Services - a collaboration between Royal Perth Hospital, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network and WA Country Health Service - are also held in Albany (monthly); Geraldton (every three weeks); Kalgoorlie (fortnightly); and Northam (monthly).
Dr Jacobs said the medical oncology team at RPH was dedicated to providing these services to rural West Australians.
“It is very gratifying to announce this collaborative effort to ensure country communities have access to specialist medical services,” he said.
“The added benefit of the rural clinic is there is generally no waiting list and urgent referrals can be accommodated.”
The rural cancer clinics provide services to 10-26 patients, depending on the location.
Patients will require a referral from a GP to attend the clinics.
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