Time To Deliver

22 Apr, 2009 03:33 PM

Milton Cancer Outpatients Appeal Committee members are outraged that not one oncologist has visited the Milton cancer clinic since its doors opened in August last year.

Committee president Dee Carrington said the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service has provided a series of excuses in response to her ongoing demands for cancer specialists to conduct regular consultations at the centre.

She said the community raised the funds for the purpose built centre and had every right to expect a full range of oncology services.

While chemotherapy and other treatments are being carried out at the centre, cancer patients are still being forced to drive to Wollongong for specialist appointments.



Jenn's story is all too familiar

22 Apr, 2009 03:30 PM

Jenn Ekerick is just one of dozens of Ulladulla residents forced to travel to Wollongong for appointments with her oncologist because no cancer specialists are visiting Milton’s Community Cancer Centre.

With no family in the area, Jenn has had to rely on the generosity of her good friends and Community Transport Aid volunteers to get to her specialist appointments for the past 18 months.

She said regular visits to Milton by oncologists would make life much easier for herself and many others battling cancer in the district.

“Without the support of my wonderful friends, getting to medical appointments in Wollongong would have been very difficult.

“You often don’t feel well or up to travelling, so to be able to have consultations closer to home would make life a little easier when times are tough.

“The community did work hard to raise the funds and was promised these services at Milton so I would like to see it happen.”

Jenn’s good friend Lorrie said she would hate to see the cancer centre became a “white elephant”.



More to be done

01 Jul, 2009 01:09 PM
WHILE Monday's official opening of the Milton-Ulladulla Community Cancer Services Centre represented a huge triumph for our community, there's much more to be done.

The dedicated members of the Cancer Outpatients Appeal, led by president Dee Carrington and doctor Brett Thomson, have proven their critics wrong and have overcome some huge hurdles to make the dream a reality.