Bendigo Hospital's new cancer centre to be a 'world class' facility

PROGRESS: Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, Bendigo Health director of oncology Dr Rob Blum and Bendigo Health CEO John Mulder tour the new cancer centre.
PROGRESS: Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, Bendigo Health director of oncology Dr Rob Blum and Bendigo Health CEO John Mulder tour the new cancer centre.

PATIENTS will be able to undergo treatment in greater comfort when the Bendigo Hospital’s new cancer centre opens in early 2017.

The centre’s construction and fit-out is well underway and will bring radiotherapy, oncology and outpatient services together under one roof.

Bendigo Health chairman Bob Cameron said the new facility was designed to reduce the anxiety of patients, family members and carers alike.

“Patients often spend a lot of time at the hospital,” he said. “So waiting spaces are designed with direct access to natural light and fresh air through the provision of two large accessible courtyards where patients and families can sit.

“The centre includes a lounge with kitchenette and a patient education area with wireless access to the internet, for patients and their families and carers to access as they wish.”

The cancer centre, which is a key part of the hospital’s massive $630 million redevelopment, is expected to open in early 2017.