The Midwest Cancer Centre is one step closer with preferred contractor for the project, Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets Pty Ltd, clearing the site ready for construction.
WA Health Minister Kim Hames said the $4.1 million centre would allow cancer patients from Geraldton and around the MidWest to be treated closer to home and in contemporary, stateoftheart facilities.
“The cancer centre will provide additional treatment facilities, including a six-chair and one-bed chemotherapy unit for Mid West residents diagnosed with cancer,” Dr Hames said.
“The new centre will mean that more cancer patients from the region will be able to be treated nearer to family and social networks, depending on clinical advice.”
Dr Hames said the prevalence of cancer continued to rise, with more
than 208,500 people now on the Western Australian Cancer Registry.
“More than 11,700 West Australians were diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and that number is projected to increase to more than 14,000 by 2017,” he said.
Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley noted that the increasing demand for cancer services was crucial to future planning.
“Sadly, cancer is a condition which touches almost every Australian family at some point, so there is a clear need to establish services in metropolitan and regional areas that can cope with local needs,” Ms Ley said.
“The $4.1 million cancer centre has been fully funded under the Federal Government’s Health and Hospitals program and the consulting room for the renal unit, at $1.2 million, brings the total project cost to $5.3 million.”
The successful tenderer, Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets Pty Ltd, was one of six companies to tender for the project. Site works have now started and the project is expected to be completed in late 2016.