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Faster access to cancer services in Waikato

Jonathan Coleman

Jonathan Coleman

L-R Oncology registered nurse Nicola with Mrs Dulcie Murray and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman; 

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Waikato DHB is focused on delivering faster access to improve cancer services.

Dr Coleman visited Waikato Hospital’s chemotherapy day stay unit and met with staff and patients as well as representatives from the Cancer Society and Hospice Waikato.

The unit has up to seven registered nurses who treat 30 to 40 outpatients every day from Waikato, Tairawhiti and Lakes DHBs.

“Waikato DHB has a plan in place to provide faster access to cancer services to patients,” says Dr Coleman.

“As a regional cancer centre, Waikato DHB plays a significant role in the Midland region helping to treat patients as well as improving the delivery of cancer services.

“They are working towards achieving the Government’s new 62-day faster cancer treatment health target which puts the lens right across the cancer pathway.

“The DHB is also reviewing their systems against the national tumour standards for 11 of the most common tumour types which will help to improve the quality of care.”

Dr Coleman met with one of the DHB’s cancer nurse coordinators. They fill an important role, acting as a single point of contact for patients and families.

Cancer nurse coordinators also work closely with Hospice Waikato and Waikato-Bay of Plenty Cancer Society.

Budget 2015 invested an extra $4.6 million into Hospice Waikato over the next four years to expand community palliative care services.

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