Mildura Health Fund (MHF) has recently opened a state-of-the-art cancer centre in Mildura, in a move that medical professionals are calling a game changer for locals, as it cuts travel time for potential patients in Broken Hill in half.
“It has been in the pipeline for many, many years. I have been at the hospital now for almost six years, and there were plans for (the cancer centre) in the works since I walked through the door,” Mildura Health Fund CEO Marcus Guthrie told the Barrier Truth.
“It is a total game changer and a profound change to the lives of many,” Radiation Oncologist Dr Andrew See told the Barrier Truth.
“It is essentially one of the best treatment delivery services one can buy, so there is no concern for quality,” he continued.
“We estimate we have already saved over 400,000 patient kilometres across about 2500 treatment encounters since we opened.”
Dr See’s colleague, Medical Oncologist Dr Jose Leal reinforced his words that the new centre is going to make a huge difference for patients.
“I provide a different part of the treatments. I look after the patients throughout the entire journey, and it makes it much easier for us to practice our job.
“Now we can trust we can look after the patient throughout the journey without interruptions. It makes it easier for us as doctors, the patients, and the patients’ families.,” Dr Leal said.
In addition to the opening of the seminal centre, an onsite patient accommodation facility is slated for completion in 2024.
“A lot of our modelling early on suggested that country people generally want to be treated in the country,” Mr Guthrie said.
“Soon we can give Broken Hill residents that option, to stay very close to the hospital and have your treatment. A complete package containing a seamless service where you come down to be treated, have your accommodation, a welcome pack, and have patient navigators there across all aspects of your care.”
The Mildura Health Icon Cancer Centre is at 3-4 Healthscope Court, Mildura.