New BRHS Clinic to Provide Direct Help for Cancer Patients Suffering Side Effects of Treatment

Cancer nurse Kathy Swift will lead the new Symptom and Urgent Review Clinic at BRHS. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS

 

Fighting cancer is hard.

We want people fighting that fight to have as much help as they can get.

Which is why this month we’ve launched a new service dedicated to helping cancer patients undergoing systemic treatment.

The new Symptom and Urgent Review Clinic (SURC) at the BRHS Oncology Dept. is a nurse-led clinic to support people suffering the symptoms or side effects of their cancer treatment.

The SURC will be staffed Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., except public holidays. Anyone undergoing cancer treatment that is suffering from side-effects is urged to call the SURC on 5150 3327.

The SURC is available to patients serviced by BRHS Oncology Depart., and the wider cancer patient population of East Gippsland.

And after many months of groundwork and planning by our Oncology Unit, we are very pleased to bring on board experienced cancer nurse, Kathy Swift, to lead the SURC.

“Different people respond to cancer treatment in different ways,” she said. “This clinic will mean they’ll now have someone to call, someone to talk to about what’s happening to them, someone to help them through those difficult moments.”

Kathy said the goal of the SURC was to give cancer patients an expert option for help and treatment specifically tailored to the unique circumstances of cancer treatment.

“If someone is suffering from side-effects of their treatment, just showing up at the closest Emergency Dept. is not always the best option,” she said. “But in many communities it can sometimes be the only option. Now, cancer patients in East Gippsland have a clinic they can call who knows their history and understands their treatment, and that is experienced in helping cancer patients.”

The SURC will be staffed Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., except public holidays.

Anyone undergoing cancer treatment that is suffering from side-effects is urged to call the SURC on 5150 3327.

The SURC Nurse will:

  • Discuss your symptoms and how to manage or improve them.
  • Advise you to come into the SURC clinic for review if required.
  • Advise you to present to you GP or the Emergency Department if required.

And the SURC nurses will communicate with your Medical Oncologist/Haematologist or GP, if required, and the BRHS medical team, to manage your care.

SURC is a free service provided by BRHS to patients in the East Gippsland region that are undergoing cancer treatment. There may be some costs associated with medications ordered at the SURC clinic.

For more information call 5150 3327.