New partnership delivers for CQ cancer patients
CENTRAL Queensland patients will have one less worry when it comes to the fight against cancer thanks to a new local partnership.
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has teamed up with medical giant GenesisCare to bring patients local access to radiotherapy services and provide outreach clinics for rural communities.
The radiotherapy services are another addition to the newly constructed cancer centre at the Rockhampton Hospital.
Central Queensland Health chief executive Len Richards said the centre would see more patients receive better care, closer to home.
"We believe that there is around 300 patients who could benefit from radiation therapy who don't because they don't want to go to Brisbane so by bringing it locally they'll access the service," he said.
"It's a real life-saving therapy so you can see that the 300 people who don't go to Brisbane... can utilise these services."
The general manager of GenisisCare Queensland, Kristin Carney, said that by partnering with CQ Hospital and Health Service, GenesisCare could help provide accessible treatment.
"We believe that everybody, irrespective of where they live within Australia, absolutely deserves the best quality of care, the best technology and the best techniques that are available to treat cancer," she said.
"We are also going to be doing outreach clinics. Our specialists will be going out to places like Gladstone, Biloela, Emerald so patients can be followed up and have that face-to-face consultation without having to travel into Rockhampton or Brisbane."