May 23
Cancer Patients And Visitors Waiting In Comfort

Patients and visitors to the Dubbo Hospital oncology unit have a more comfortable waiting room thanks to a donation by the Bourke community of five new lounges.

Five brand-new 3-seater lounge chairs now grace the waiting room. They were purchased by the Bourke community after it raised $1,670 through various fundraising activities.

“The new lounges are bright and modern and we have had a lot of positive comments already,” said Melissa Reddie, Nurse Unit Manager, Alan Coates Cancer Centre. “We do plan to continue the re-decorating for the other half of the waiting room.”

Ms Reddie said the lounges replace old material lounges. “Despite being lovely lounges, material is not suitable for cleaning appropriately and some patients have cancer in their bones and it is very difficult to get out of low chairs.”

“The staff at the Alan Coates Cancer Centre are very grateful to the Bourke community for donating a tangible gift and are very proud to show people what has been donated,” said Ms Reddie.

The Alan Coates Cancer Centre provides care for patients under the specialties of Medical Oncology, Haematology and Radiation Oncology.  On average the unit treats approximately 500 patients each month from across the region.

The oncology unit has previously benefitted from the generosity of the Bourke community. Last year members did a sensational job in redecorating and personalising the Wilga Room, which is used specifically for oncology patients to stay overnight with no cost involved.



For more information about the Bourke fundraising efforts for the Alan Coates Cancer Centre please call Florrie Wicks on 0417 431 857. 

For more information about the donation to the Alan Coates Cancer Centre please call Ms Melissa Reddie on 6885 8741 or Branko Licul on 0411 119 592