Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the delivery of chemotherapy treatment at the Kingaroy Hospital is a huge win for local cancer patients.
Deb said she personally visited the team providing the new tele-oncology services at Kingaroy Hospital to thank them for their work.
“It was such a privilege to tour the new tele-oncology area and meet the nurses who are providing on-site chemo treatment,” Deb said.
“Joining me on the day was McGrath Foundation Nurse, Sue Cox, who has seen first-hand the benefits of local treatment for her patients.
“The nurses are doing a fantastic job and the feedback I have received from local patients is that the service is making a huge difference in their lives.
“This is a huge win for the people of the South Burnett and I am pleased that years of advocacy for this service has paid off.
“I have been fighting for better regional and rural health care for our community for many years and it is fantastic to see a tele-oncology service working so well to help save the lives of cancer patients.
“No longer do they have to travel hours away for treatment. Instead they are able to stay close to families and friends when they need it the most.
“In the four months since the service began, there have already been 93 individual appointments which means 93 less trips that had to be made to Toowoomba or the coast for treatment.
“There is still much to do however to ensure health services in regional communities like ours are adequate, and I will keep fighting as your voice in the State Parliament,” Deb said.
Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington and Sue Cox thanked the nurses, Michelle, Sarah, and Dale at Kingaroy Hospital who are delivering the new chemotherapy services.