Cancer patients will no longer be forced to leave Maryborough for chemotherapy treatment thanks to a joint program from the Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) and Ballarat Health Services (BHS).
From July 1 this year, the Maryborough hospital will be providing public chemotherapy, cutting down travel time and costs for local patients.
Supported by BHS’ Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC), the program has been in the works for 18 months and MDHS CEO Terry Welch said it is an “amazing” announcement for the community.
“This is an amazing day for the Maryborough community, the health service and the broader health system,” he said.
“It’s an amazing transition and it’s a great step forward. To have the support of BHS through their cancer centre has been great. We’ll have all the experts from BRICC overseeing the whole process so that gives us safety and trust in what we’re doing.
“We know the rates of cancer here are high and we’re doing everything we can to assist and support the community with that.”
While treatments will not be available in Maryborough until July, consultations will begin on April 2 and can be arranged by contacting MDHS on 5461-0333.
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