A new travel and accommodation coordinator position has begun at the Regional Cancer Treatment Service, supporting patients travelling to and from the Palmerston North-based cancer centre.
The role, which has been funded and organised by the Manawatu Cancer Society, is a joint initiative between the RCTS and the society, is an exciting new development in growing supportive care services.
Primarily the focus is on providing a service to people who do not have their own transport, or do not have whanau/family/friends or community networks to take them to their regular appointments. But it is also an important opportunity for Cancer Society services to be offered and for patients to have first-hand interactions with Cancer Society staff.
The RCTS treats cancer patients from Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, Wanganui, MidCentral and Wairarapa District Health Boards.
RCTS and the Cancer Society have a long history of collaboration; however this is the first initiative where Cancer Society staff are on the RCTS site.
It is hoped to grow this opportunity further with next steps to discuss the integration of volunteers within the service.
The volunteer network is well established and valued in Wellington and Christchurch centres, and is an opportunity to counterbalance some of the difficulties patients face with services spread across the campus.
Volunteers spend time with patients, care for the environment by looking after patient spaces and waiting rooms, as well as run errands such as buying newspapers or collecting prescriptions.
The new role is located at the Linear Accelerator 4 (LA4) reception, where there is an opportunity to meet and greet a number of patients every day.
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