The Oncology Department, located in the Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre, is open Monday to Friday and is comprised of 12 chairs and two beds.
The department offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment of oncology and haematology patients and provides chemotherapy and supportive treatment to people affected by cancer.
The Oncology Day Unit embraces a patient-focused model of care in which family and friends of patients are welcome.
Patients receiving Chemotherapy in the Oncology Department are under the care of Medical Oncologists at Goulburn Valley Health. St Vincent’s Hospital also provides a visiting oncology and haematology service.
GV Health medical staff provide support to patients whilst in the unit. Highly trained and experienced cancer nurses administer the chemotherapy and provide targeted therapies, and supportive care screening.
For more support and information, please visit this website: http://www.cancerpathways.org.au
These Cancer Care Pathway guidelines can help you understand what to expect during all stages of your cancer care, from diagnosis to treatment and living with cancer. Carers, family and friends may also find them helpful.
Specialised Nursing Services
Specialised Nursing Services offered in the Oncology Department include a Breast Care Nurse, a Prostate Care Nurse and a General Cancer Care Liaison Nurse. These Oncology staff provide advice and assistance on how to cope with chemotherapy treatment, coordinate care, provide referrals to other health agencies and provide emotional support and information. They also play a valuable role in education and raising awareness about early detection and treatment.
Self referrals can be made directly to the specialised nurses.
Any patient with an oncology or haematology diagnosis can access the Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre at GV Health.
A medical doctor’s referral is needed and should include:
- previous past history and medications; and
- any previous radiology and pathology results
The preferred method of referral is either by fax or mail.
You can, however, make a self referral to the GV Health Breast Care Nurse, Prostate Care Nurse and the General Cancer Care Liaison Nurse.
Oncology Clinical Trials
GV Health currently participates in national and international trials to access new treatments that contribute to medical research. For enquiries about current trials or participation, contact the Clinical Trials Nurse on (03) 5832 3777.