Today the Minister for Health Greg Hunt, announced $10 million in federal funding to boost cancer support services delivered by The Bays, and to improve community health access with the construction of a new comprehensive cancer centre.
The funding will enable The Bays to build a new multi-story center on The Bays Hospital footprint in Mornington to provide the Mornington Peninsula community with world class, comprehensive cancer care and support in one convenient location.
International best practice in cancer therapy recognises that multi-disciplinary team management of these patients gains the best results and provides patients with the best psychological support. Ideally all therapy should be performed in a health service where surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists work together with nurses and allied health providers to deliver a comprehensive cancer service.
Patients become familiar with the team and the environment, and the team is then better able to monitor the overall wellbeing of the patient. The opening of The Bays Day Infusion Service in 2016 took us one step closer to that ideal, today’s funding announcement makes this vision a reality.
In 2017, 17,470 people residing in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas were treated for a cancer or haematology diagnosis. By 2032, that number is expected to increase to 29,029.
The new cancer facility will provide services such as:
- Radiation oncology service
- Consulting areas
- Education and meeting space for community and General Practitioners
- Consultation and education space for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Support Nurses
- Day Infusion Centre
- Research facilities
- 20-30 bed inpatient facility
- Partnerships in training.
A further $2.6 million in Government funding will be provided to the redevelopment of Alexandra Park Pavilion for rehabilitation services and new community-focused health and wellbeing programs.
The project will deliver greater access to rehabilitation services provided by medical and health professionals of The Bays Healthcare and will include:
- Rehabilitation centre
- Promotion of healthy living, wellness and better lifestyle choices
- Access to orthopaedic surgeons, sports specialists and allied health professionals to keep active and maintain an active lifestyle
- Opportunities to partner with Peninsula Health in the provision of health and wellness programmes
- Increased community utilisation of the redeveloped facility.
This project represents the single most important service improvement in the history of The Bays Hospital and secures our future growth.