New cancer centre opens in Lismore
THE Lismore Integrated Cancer Care Centre was opened this morning in Lismore.
Patients and their families across the North Coast will gain significantly from improved access to essential cancer services, the Minister for Rural and Regional Health, Warren Snowdon, and New South Wales Minister for Health, Carmel Tebbutt and the Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said at the opening.
The new centre delivers on an Australian Government election commitment, with the Commonwealth providing $15 million, and the NSW Government contributing $12 million.
The Lismore Integrated Cancer Care Centre will include:
- Two linear accelerators for radiation therapy (one initially, with funding provided for a second)
- Two bunkers to house the accelerators
- A treatment area for patients undergoing chemotherapy
- Clinic facilities for patient consultation and examination and associated office and support facilities
It will employ about 30 staff, including a radiation oncologist, radiation therapists, physicists, nurses, allied health workers and administrative and support staff.
It will also allow for specialist training for students and junior doctors.