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Chemo expansion cuts travel for patients

Patient Wendy Dunstan and husband Kerry Dunstan – former secretary and president of Forbes Can Assist – with Pat Bailey, Parkes Can Assist secretary and welfare officer, in the new Chemotherapy Unit. Wendy really appreciates not having to drive to Orange one day a week for treatment.Exciting developments continue to happen at the new Parkes Hospital, with the recent expansion of the hours of operation of the Chemotherapy Unit from one day a week to two days a week, with the Unit now open on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Lachlan Health Service Health Service Manager Liz Mitchell said, “Soon after we started planning the new hospital I said my aim was to expand the oncology services at Parkes Hospital. I am delighted that we have been able to do that so soon after the move.

“Our local chemotherapy service depends so much on our own trained staff, their commitment to our patients, and our close relationship with Orange oncologists who are always available by phone and videoconference to offer advice and support to staff and patients.

“We are very pleased that two more Lachlan Health Service nurses are being trained to work alongside registered nurse Karen Wright.

“This will ensure that our service is more sustainable than it has been at times in the past.

“We just love the new unit,” Ms Wright said.

“It is so light with large windows so everyone can see outside.

“We now have four special treatment chairs (with another two for future expansion), each with its own television which is useful for patients having a long treatment.

“We have the most modern equipment for treatment and for the storage of oncology drugs which are ordered specially for each patient and delivered by courier each week.

“Adjacent to the unit is a videoconference room in which patients can consult with their Orange oncologist.

“A nurse always sits in with the patient for support and advice. The oncologist’s notes are submitted electronically and are immediately available to our staff to assist with our patient’s treatment.”

Oncology patients will always begin their treatments in Orange or in a major hospital.

When their oncologist is satisfied that the risk of side effects has been reduced, most cancer patients can be referred to Parkes, with only occasional trips to Orange.

Treatments can last from 15 minutes to more than four hours, on one or more days a week.

The Parkes Chemotherapy Unit services a wide area, with patients coming from Forbes, Condobolin, Trundle, Tullamore and Peak Hill, and all points in between.

Saving the extra distance of travelling to Orange is very important for patients who are often already quite unwell.

“The benefit to patients and staff from the Unit being open two days a week is tremendous,” Ms Wright said.

“Patients have more flexibility about when they can have treatment, and patients requiring treatment more than one day a week avoid the stress of yet another trip to Orange.

“We can see more patients, spread them out during the day, and make our service much more personal and supportive.”

Long term Can Assist Secretary, Welfare Officer and volunteer, Pat Bailey, is usually on hand to provide a cup of tea or coffee and some food, and to have a chat.

Ms Bailey remembers the years of lobbying with Lachlan Health Council for an outreach service from Orange in a small room with two chairs in Parkes Hospital.

Later, local staff were trained with support from Northparkes Mines, and we moved to a renovated room with four chairs.

“Now, we have the most modern service in our new hospital, with four chairs, two days a week, with our own trained staff,” Ms Bailey said.

“Our cancer patients deserve the very best, and in years to come with the support of Orange oncologists and local staff we can see that the service will be extended and expanded even further.”

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