Historic day for the state-of-the-art Western Cancer Center in Dubbo
Rescue services are much closer to home for residents of regional and remote areas of western New South Wales, with the opening to patients of the Western Cancer Center in Dubbo.
Construction of the $ 35 million project is now complete and services have started to move to the state-of-the-art facilities at Dubbo Hospital.
Parkes MP Mark Coulton said the completion of the Western Cancer Center marks a historic milestone for the community of Dubbo and the entire western region.
“This is one of my proudest days as a member of Parliament for Parkes,” Coulton said.
“The Western Cancer Center is something I have been fighting with passion for since 2016 and I am delighted to see this vital project become a reality. This facility will allow cancer patients to stay closer to their loved ones during treatment, providing them with the quality care and support that locals need and deserve.
“This will not only benefit families across the Western Region, but will be used by people across my electorate and the New South Wales region who will no longer have to travel to town to access life-saving cancer treatment.
“The support for this center across West New South Wales has been overwhelming – this is clear from the 45,961 signatures I handed over to the Australian Parliament in November 2016 calling for this installation. I am proud that we were able to keep this commitment.
The clinic rooms and reception opened first and will be followed by new chemotherapy treatment spaces and a wellness area next month. Radiotherapy and PET CT Scanner services will be available in the coming months.
Dubbo national member Dugald Saunders said the new facility was part of a $ 306.3 million Dubbo Health Service redevelopment.
“I am truly proud that we were able to complete this one-in-a-generation health infrastructure project for West New South Wales, which will provide the latest treatment and diagnostic services and new health services for the region, ”Saunders said.
“For the first time, Dubbo Hospital will have a PET CT scanner for advanced diagnostic and radiation therapy services, which will dramatically improve health outcomes in the region.
“This will drastically reduce the need for cancer patients to travel to Sydney or Newcastle for treatment, which will dramatically improve their quality of life. “
The federal government’s NSW Nationals provided $ 25 million for the state-of-the-art health service, with the state government’s NSW Nationals contributing the remaining $ 10 million.
The Western Cancer Center Dubbo includes 16 chemotherapy spaces – doubling the capacity, as well as new consultation rooms and a wellness area to provide support and wellness services to patients and their families.