Another drawback for cancer centre

COMPLETION of the long-anticipated Integrated Cancer Care Centre at Lismore Base Hospital has been pushed back by at least two months.

North Coast Area Health Service chief executive Chris Crawford yesterday blamed the construction delay on the heavy rain in the first half of the year.

“The development of the ICCC will be completed in three phases over the period of December 2009 and May 2010,” he said.

The $27 million centre was originally slated for completion in March 2010.

Mr Crawford said the building will be completed by Christmas, but the medical equipment will not be go in until May.

“The 'fitting out' of the building will be completed by March next year with medical oncology patients commencing chemotherapy treatment in the ICCC from early April,” he said.

“The calibration of the linear accelerator, which takes about eight weeks, will occur between March and May.

“It is anticipated that the first patient requiring radiation oncology treatment will be seen in the ICC before the end of May,” he said.



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