Southern Highlands Private Hospital Cancer & Day Infusion Centre
Southern Highlands Cancer and Day Infusion Centre is a leading oncology day care facility located at Southern Highlands Private Hospital, ensuring easy access for the whole community of the Southern Highlands.
The nature and level of our care goes far beyond chemotherapy. Because every cancer diagnosis is different and personal, our compassionate, highly competent staff treat all our patients as unique individuals.
Southern Highlands Cancer Centre provides cancer services to anyone in the Southern Highlands community either as privately insured patients or uninsured (public) patients, through an agreement with the Sydney South West Area Health Service (SSWAHS).
The nature of care provided goes beyond purely the administration of chemotherapy. Supportive care and education is a top priority to all recently diagnosed cancer patients or those simply requiring additional information throughout their illness. Patients, family members and carers are treated as individuals in a highly personal, compassionate and caring manner.
The Cancer and Day Infusion Centre
The modern new and spacious unit involves an increase in oncology recliner chairs to 7; oncology procedure rooms with 2 new beds; 3 dedicated consulting rooms; an interview room; the services of a dispensary; and access to cancer information resources. There is also room for family and friends to accompany patients in a bright and relaxed atmosphere with the availability of watching television, listening to music, or their own discman/MP3 player. The Centre is also fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers who serve drinks and lunch throughout the day to make patients stay more comfortable
The Centre is a Day Unit primarily providing the administration of chemotherapy and operates from Monday to Friday. It also caters for the administration of other day only treatments including but not limited to:-
- Bi-phosphonate infusions
- Targeted therapies
- Monoclonal and biological therapies
- Portacath and PICC line management and education
- Intravesical BCG treatment
- Blood & blood product transfusions
The Centre provides patients, not only with consultation services with a Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, and highly specialised and qualified nursing staff, but provides support through other support services including a breast care nurse, social worker, dietitian, counsellor, meditation and lymphoedema professionals palliative care.
Cancer Council Information Centre
Incorporated within the Centre is the Cancer Council Information Centre which aims to provide literature, answer questions, helpline contacts and offers time out to talk to a trained volunteer who can guide patients, family members, carers and friends to helpful resources. No appointment is required and no fee is charged. Volunteers are available from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
New Services offered to patients
A wig library which, apart from wigs, also offers access to scarfs, turbans, fancy wraps, special fashion hats and bandanas to cover hair loss with flair and confidence.
- Look Good ... Feel Better program is offered to women newly diagnosed with cancer and coping with the physical changes cancer treatment may cause. This is a cosmetic industry community initiative helping cancer patients.
Research & Cancer Trials
Southern Highlands Cancer Centre actively participates in Clinical Trials and Research under the direction of the Medical Oncologist and associates. We are currently conducting clinical trials with the Australian / New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group and a pharmaceutical company.
Southern Highlands Patient Transport Service
Cancer patients from the Southern Highlands who require transport to the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre for treatment or to see a doctor or specialist, can access the Southern Highlands Patient Transport Service.
Carers, family and friends visiting patients at the Camden Hospital Palliative Care Unit are also welcome if seating is available.
Operated completely by volunteers, the service runs daily, picking up patients and their carers at set locations in the Highlands and returning passengers following treatment. All these locations have shelter available and are within easy reach of public parking.
The bus can collect patients who are booked to travel from the designated stops at Moss Vale, Bowral, Mittagong, Braemar and Bargo from 9.15am every weekday.
Passengers are invited to make a $5 donation per day towards the cost of petrol and servicing.
Bookings are made either by telephoning the Cancer Council Southern Region office in Wollongong on 4223 0200 or by speaking with the staff at the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre.
The Southern Highlands General and Practical Support Service (GAPS), which commenced operating in the Southern Highlands in early 2011, is now able to help where patients need car transport between their home and the bus pickup location. Please note that the bus is staffed by volunteers; there is no medical equipment or medical staff on board. To contact GAPS please call 0428 681 926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Most important : If you are using the service, please inform the nursing staff at the centre so that they can schedule your treatment to coincide with the arrival of the bus.
Southern Highlands Cancer Centre Trust Fund
The Trust Fund is managed by the Southern Highlands Foundation and has been establish to receive tax deductible donations. The funds are used to purchase equipment for use by cancer patients in their home, and to provide oncology education programs to our patients and staff.
The Trust Fund was originally established in 2008 as a result of a substantial donation made by a local resident, whose wife was a cancer sufferer. He wanted to ensure that the donated funds were used to assist other cancer sufferers and their families who live locally.
The objective of the Trust Fund is to use donated or raised monies to improve the care and comfort of our patients by :
Delivering safe and effective care to our patients, their families and carers, by purchasing and having available, up-to-date equipment to use in their homes.
The equipment to be purchased would include, but not be limited to :
- Air mattresses
- Electric beds
- Special chairs
Providing the best possible cancer / oncology education programs to our patients, their families and carers
Establishing and maintaining a wig library for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
- Aiding local clinical trials and research
The Southern Highlands Cancer Centre Trust Fund is managed by the Southern Highlands Foundation. For more information on the Foundation, visit their website www.southernhighlandsfoundation.com.au
All donations to the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre (SHCC) Trust Fund are tax deductible and are deposited with the Foundation.
Donations can be made by either of the following methods :
By a cheque made payable to : 'Southern Highlands Foundation – SHCC Trust Fund'.
Post to the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre Trust Fund, Southern Highlands Private Hospital & Cancer Centre, 93 - 95 Bowral Street, Bowral, NSW, 2576.
Please ensure you provide your contact details so that an acknowledgement can be made and a tax deductible receipt sent.
By a direct bank deposit to the account of the Southern Highlands Foundation :
BSB 062511 Account No. 10243632.
Please show that the deposit is for the 'Southern Highlands Cancer Centre Trust Fund' and indicate the sender's name and address so that a tax deductible receipt may be forwarded.
For further enquiries, you may contact Jenny Harper, Chief Executive Officer on 02 4862 9400 or Jo Pearson, Nursing Unit Manager on 02 4862 9472.
Southern Highlands Cancer & Day Infusion Centre
Southern Highlands Private Hospital
93 - 95 Bowral Street, Bowral NSW 2576
02 4862 9470