Units for cancer patients
WORK on accommodation units for cancer patients will start within weeks after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday announced the Federal Government would chip in $2.6 million for the project.
Mr Rudd’s announcement is the final piece in the slowly assembled funding structure for the units and clears the way for North Coast Community Cancer Foundation to start the project.
Foundation spokesman Dr Chris Ingall said that work would begin this week, when the organisation exchanges contracts with the State Government to buy the Jildyn Flats building at Hunter Street.
Dr Ingall said the 60-year-old building would be gutted and completely refurbished, making up eight two bedroom units and two one bedroom units for cancer sufferers to stay in while receiving treatment at Lismore’s new cancer care unit.
The next stage would be to buy a neighbouring block and build a block of 10 one bedroom units, bringing the total number to 20.
Dr Ingall said most cancer sufferers travelling for treatment typically brought their partners for support and would only need a one bedroom unit.
However, the two bedroom units would be invaluable for people bringing friends or other family members for support, or for children with cancer coming to Lismore with their parents for treatment.
Dr Ingall said the securing of the accommodation units could not have been achieved without strong community support.
“We want to thank all the local people who have been supporting us to keep us going to this point,” Dr Ingall said.
Dr Ingall said North Coast Community Cancer Foundation was an independent organisation with no affiliation with the North Coast Area Health Service.