Cancer patients in Maryborough will soon have access to cancer services closer to home, with Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) about to begin its new outreach service at Maryborough District Health Services (MDHS).
Over 18 months ago MDHS embarked on a journey to provide a nurse led cancer resource position to provide access and support to community members who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Over 120 patients have received support and care during the first 12 months of the program and highlighted the importance of being able to deliver care locally.
MDHS and BHS (Ballarat Health Services) have a strong relationship which has enabled a partnership to provide an outreach service of BHS to deliver outpatient oncology clinics for the local Maryborough community, enabling the right care, in the right place at the right time. From 19th March a regular service will operate from MDHS community services under the auspice of BHS and supported by our Oncology Services Operations Manager, to provide specialist nursing services and allow for referral to the range of ancillary allied health services which exist at MDHS.
This program is such an important part of MDHS’s vision to growing a health community, and reduce the burden of travel required for many of our community members for their appointments. From this the growth of the service will grow and develop to provide chemotherapy services from July 2019 and we look forward to working with our partners at BHS to provide care locally for our community.
The service will not only give patients in the Maryborough region easier access to outpatient services, but will also be utilised by patients in the Grampians region including Stawell, Horsham and Ararat. This will have a positive impact on patients, cutting down travel times by allowing them to receive their treatment closer to home.
BHS is happy to be able to continue to expand its services to the region and beyond with this initiative.