Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, today joined with staff of The Bays Hospital in Mornington to formally sign off on federal funding for the Hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
The funding, announced in April, will provide $10 million from the Morrison Government to The Bays to build a new multi-storey centre on the current hospital footprint in Mornington to provide the local community with world class comprehensive cancer care and support.
Minister Hunt said the funding would see greatly improved cancer facilities available on the Mornington Peninsula.
“Every day, doctors and nurses here at The Bays are striving to improve community health on the Peninsula,” Minister Hunt said. “This agreement gives The Bays the ability to continue their development of world class treatment and research facilities, for the benefit of the local community.”
“Funding encompassing radiation oncology, clinical trials laboratory, consulting suites, and meeting education and support areas for patients affected by cancer, will help The Bays continue to save lives and protect lives.”
Elena Allen, Chief Executive Officer of The Bays Healthcare Group said the Centre would help improve outcomes for patients and their families.
“Care provided close to home improves patient outcomes and reduces anxiety for the patient and their family. Patients will now have access to a treatment plan in one location at The Bays incorporating; diagnostic, medical and surgical intervention.
Consulting Medical Oncologist for The Bays Healthcare Group, Dr Muhammad Alamgeer, said the Centre would allow for further advancements into cancer care for the Peninsula.
“The real revolution of cancer care since the discovery of chemotherapy has been the practice of personalised care, which means matching the latest treatments to individual patient characteristics. At the new comprehensive cancer centre at The Bays, we will deliver high quality personalised care.”
Peter Wickenden from The Bays Board of Directors added: “We’re excited about extending our oncology services; this project is a significant step for us to meet the growth in demand for cancer care and related services in the community.”
The Morrison Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into ground-breaking medical research, Medicare, mental health, life-saving medicines, and hospitals.