New regional cancer services
Chemotherapy services have expanded across country South Australia. The developments deliver a new Regional Cancer Centre in Whyalla and 14 designated chemotherapy units throughout regional South Australia. Supported by funding from the State Government of South Australia and the Australian Government under the Regional Cancer Centres Initiative, the improvements include new equipment, chemotherapy credentialed nurse training and the strengthening of connections with tertiary oncology and pharmacy services.
Regional Cancer Centre
Construction of the $69 million Regional Cancer Centre is now complete. The works involved new building construction and refurbishment of some existing facilities, creating a modern cancer centre integrated with current hospital services.
The Regional Cancer Centre in Whyalla includes:
- six chemotherapy chairs
- outpatient care
- a wellness centre
- space for research and training activities
- an extra 34 medical, surgical and palliative care beds
- three new operating theatres
- new day procedure unit.
Services provided at the Cancer Centre include:
- preventative care
- screening and early diagnosis
- wellness centre
- end of life care.
14 expanded chemotherapy units in country South Australia
All of the expanded chemotherapy units are now open and many country South Australians are now receiving chemotherapy treatment closer to home.
Each designated chemotherapy unit has between one and six chemotherapy chairs allowing for the treatment of up to 12 patients a day. Staff are trained and accredited to provide chemotherapy treatment and other cancer services, including infusions. The units are also equipped with digital telehealth network facilities so that some medical appointments may be held with specialists based in metropolitan Adelaide.
Formal affiliations are established between metropolitan and country cancer services and mean that patients who receive chemotherapy in a country unit will be under the care of an oncologist from a single cancer service in Adelaide for the duration of their treatment. These affiliations ensure patients receive safe and consistent care, closer to home from the same team of oncologists, cancer nurses and cancer pharmacists.
Expanded chemotherapy services now open include
Brochures for consumers
Brochures were developed for patients and their families providing localised information on the new services available and how the process works when you choose a public oncologist.
- Ceduna (PDF 126KB)
- Clare (PDF 97KB)
- Gawler (PDF 97KB)
- Kangaroo Island (PDF 97KB)
- Mount Barker (PDF 80KB)
- Murray Bridge (PDF 781KB)
- Naracoorte (PDF 100KB)
- Port Augusta (PDF 99KB)
- Port Pirie (PDF 79KB)
- Riverland (PDF 84KB)
- South Coast (PDF 101KB)
- Wallaroo (PDF 130KB)
- Whyalla (PDF 99KB)
For more information on these services, contact the Chemotherapy Unit at your local hospital.