New world-class cancer day centre unveiled
Monday, 10 April 2017
A new state-of-the-art Cancer Day Centre that will increase treatment capacity by nearly 30 per cent was unveiled at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital today.
The centre has been specially designed to be a calm and welcoming space with colourful glass artwork and views of surrounding parklands to help provide a welcome distraction for patients undergoing treatment.
The new centre has 42 treatment spaces available; this includes 34 treatment chairs, four apheresis chairs, two treatment rooms and two isolation rooms.
Other vital cancer care services are above and below the Centre, making access easier for patients and reducing travel for staff.
Royal Adelaide Hospital Senior Medical Oncologist Professor Dorothy Keefe says international evidence has proven that the environment surrounding a patient can make a huge difference to their wellbeing and recovery.
“With larger treatment bays, comfortable and modern chairs, plenty of natural light and soundproofing from the outside world, the Cancer Day Centre at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is an excellent step forward in modern cancer treatment.”
The Leukaemia Foundation’s Peter Diamond says the Centre takes a holistic approach to cancer care, focusing on the patient’s wellbeing as much as their treatment.
“It’s great that we have a dedicated NGO space right near the Cancer Day Centre so we can provide on the ground assistance to patients and their families.”