A NEW $750 million cancer centre in Brisbane will only add to treatment options for Ipswich patients, says the Cancer Council of Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last week said the new Queensland Cancer Centre at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital would receive funding in the State budget that came out yesterday (June 21).
The Cancer Council’s general manager for advocacy James Farrell said the new centre would offer state-of-the-art services.
“Queensland Health made it clear the centre would be networked with current centres (including Ipswich),” he said.
“Ipswich patients may be asked to travel there for new services but there will be support offered.”
He said Ipswich patients would be able to access their same level of service regardless of the new centre.
He said the new centre was “a very welcome development” for cancer patients in Ipswich and across the state.
According to the premier, the facility will offer diagnoses, treatments and outpatient services “like a one-stop shop” for the most sophisticated treatment.
The facility will have 150 beds, 26 consulting rooms, 37 chemotherapy chairs, four operating theatres, plus pathology services and a pharmacy.
Construction is due to begin in 2024 and take four years.