Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Extra care for Mid-West cancer and renal patients

    12/07/2016 10:00 AM
    • $4.1 million cancer centre and $1.2 million renal facilities
    • Chemotherapy chairs to be increased to seven
    • Planning underway for $1.3 million cancer hostel accommodation
    • Projects support 160 construction jobs 

    Mid-West cancer and renal patients are set to benefit from a state-of-the-art $4.1 million Midwest Cancer Centre and $1.2 million renal facilities, now under construction in Geraldton.


    Health Minister John Day said the two projects would employ about 160 tradespeople, plus apprentices and trainees.


    "The cancer facilities are the final Geraldton components of the Liberal National Government's six-year Delivering Quality Cancer Care in Rural WA initiative," Mr Day said.


    "Developed in partnership with the Commonwealth, the new centre will see the number of local chemotherapy chairs increased from five to seven, plus purpose-built facilities for consultations and outpatient services.


    "Being diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic experience, and being able to be treated closer to home will make a big difference to patients and their families.


    "Extending services in regional centres and across the Perth metropolitan area is an important part of the Liberal National Government's strategy to bring quality Western Australian healthcare closer to the community."


    The Minister said construction of new renal consultation and education facilities would allow the Regional Renal Team to provide more support for patients and their families.


    The cancer and renal centres are both on schedule for completion in October.


    "The State Government is also completing detailed design work on a $1.3 million Geraldton cancer hostel, which is expected to be open by the middle of next year," Mr Day said.


    "The hostel will include seven double bedrooms with kitchens and ensuite bathrooms, plus a communal garden area, to improve the cancer treatment experience for regional patients.


    "Once operational, these new facilities will enhance services and promote more responsive care for patients as they can be treated nearer to family and social networks."


    Fact File

    • The renal centre operates nine dialysis chairs, seven days a week
    • Construction of the Midwest Cancer Centre and the renal facilities is by local contractor Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets Pty Ltd
    • Along with about 160 tradespeople to be employed, there will be 20 apprentices and six school-based trainees across both sites
    • Operation of the cancer and renal centres is funded by the State Government
    • Construction funding came from the Commonwealth's Health and Hospitals Fund 

    Minister's office - 6552 6200


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