Cancer boss supports our clinic appeal

11 Aug, 2004 09:53 AM

Illawarra Area Health director of cancer services Dr Phil Clingan has thrown his support behind the Milton Outpatients Cancer Appeal.

Dr Clingan was one of the guests of honour at a recent appeal celebration dinner where he said he fully supported the community's decision to push for a cancer treatment facility in Milton.

"Any community that works for its own benefit needs to be supported," Dr Clingan said.

"I will do whatever I can to help establish the project."

 

Dr Clingan said while the Illawarra Health Service is in a state of uncertainty once the new health system is running smoothly he will look into additional funding for the Outpatients Appeal.

 

"We will look at what money our area health service has available and if it can be applied to the Outpatients Appeal," Dr Clingan said.

"We will also look to the New South Wales Cancer Institute for further funds."

The Milton-Ulladulla community has literally put its money where its mouth is by raising more than $100,000 for the Milton Cancer Outpatients Appeal.

Dr Clingan said he had toured the old cottage and immediately saw the potential for it to be an excellent cancer centre and community resource.

"I applauded the efforts of the committee and local residents for their commitment to the project by raising such a large sum in such a short time and encouraged everyone to continue their campaign," Dr Clingan said.

Dr Clingan agreed that it may be cheaper to accommodate provision of chemotherapy treatments in some shared space within the hospital once renovations were completed, but stressed such an option was only a makeshift measure and did not meet the broader needs of local cancer patients.

The Cancer Outpatients Appeal was launched in December 2003 by Milton GP Dr Brett Thomson to renovate a heritage listed cottage adjacent to Milton-Ulladulla Hospital and convert it into a centre where local patients can receive chemotherapy, visiting specialists can hold clinics and cancer support groups can meet.

Addressing the guests at the celebration dinner Dr Thomson thanked the committee and community for their outstanding show of support.

"The concept of renovating the old cottage, which is an integral part of the history of the town, with the provision of much needed local cancer services has captured the imagination and hearts of residents," Dr Thomson said.

"Groups from all sectors of the community had taken the appeal on board and staged events to raise money.

"The response is a measure of their depth of feeling to see this project become a reality."