By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE, 21 MAY: A big boost to health services in Melbourne’s east took place on today with the official opening of the Eastern Health’s new Breast and Cancer Centre.
Based at Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood East, the building was officially opened by Victorian Minister for Health and Ambulance Services the Hon Jill Hennessey MP at a special event on Monday.A large number of people including patients and Mr. Manoj Kumar Labor candidate for Forest Hill were also present.
The Minster in her address said, ” I am delighted women’s health being treated as a mainstream health issue.”
Eastern Health Executive Director of Clinical Operations Matt Sharp said the opening of the Centre was an important occasion for the eastern region.
“The centre will provide a range of services including breast screening, breast cancer treatment, and supportive care services from the one building. For our patients, it will mean less time travelling between sites to have tests or receive treatment. At the same time, they will continue to receive the outstanding care we provide.”
Mr. Sharp said the new center provided a positive environment for patients and staff.
“The center is spacious, warm and welcoming. It also gives our patients access to state of the art technology to ensure they can receive quality care.”
Highlights of the new center include:
Two ultrasound rooms that will be able to conduct guided biopsies
Four medical imaging reading rooms
Mammography screening rooms
Allied health rooms
A Breast Nurse consulting room
A wellness lounge where patients can consider their care in a home-like environment
Mr. Sharp thanked the State Government and partners BreastScreen for their ongoing support.
“The State Government and BreastScreen have been right behind this project from the beginning. We can’t thank them enough for helping us make this project a reality. It is only by working together are we able to provide enhanced care for our community,” Mr. Sharp said.