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Warrnambool hospitals join forces to care for cancer patients

A JOINT initiative between South West Healthcare and St John of God Warrnambool will provide newly diagnosed cancer patients with extra support when they need it most.
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Cancer link nurse Alison Kelly will provide support, information and links to services for cancer patients. She will work two days a week in the oncology department at Warrnambool Base Hospital and one day at St John of God Warrnambool.

St John of God Warrnambool director of nursing Leanne McPherson said the cancer link nurse’s role was important to give patients and their families invaluable support in challenging times.

“It can be overwhelming for people when they are first diagnosed and having a person there to support them and help them understand their diagnosis,” she said. Ms McPherson said the joint appointment was beneficial for both hospitals and would streamline the service for patients.

“It will allow the nurse to work with patients across the region and with the same doctors, no matter which hospital the patient is at,” she said.

“The cancer link nurse could help people with travel and accommodation needs, referrals to services, communication between healthcare providers and explain tests and procedures they may need.”

South West Healthcare and St John of God Warrnambool chief executive officers John Krygger and Glen Power agreed on the joint approach through the Barwon South West Integrated Cancer Service steering committee. It’s the first time this type of integration has been achieved.

Cancer link nurse Alison Kelly will provide support, information and links to services for cancer patients. She will work two days a week in the oncology department at Warrnambool Base Hospital and one day at St John of God Warrnambool.

St John of God Warrnambool director of nursing Leanne McPherson said the cancer link nurse’s role was important to give patients and their families invaluable support in challenging times.

“It can be overwhelming for people when they are first diagnosed and having a person there to support them and help them understand their diagnosis,” she said. Ms McPherson said the joint appointment was beneficial for both hospitals and would streamline the service for patients.

“It will allow the nurse to work with patients across the region and with the same doctors, no matter which hospital the patient is at,” she said.

“The cancer link nurse could help people with travel and accommodation needs, referrals to services, communication between healthcare providers and explain tests and procedures they may need.”

South West Healthcare and St John of God Warrnambool chief executive officers John Krygger and Glen Power agreed on the joint approach through the Barwon South West Integrated Cancer Service steering committee. It’s the first time this type of integration has been achieved.

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