McGrath Foundation nurse Sue Cox and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, centre, thanked nurses Michelle and  Sarah … two of the nurses who are delivering new teleoncology services at Kingaroy Hospital (Photo: Nanango Electorate Office)

November 6, 2023

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington says the delivery of chemotherapy treatment at the Kingaroy Hospital has been a huge win for local cancer patients.

Mrs Frecklington visited the team providing the new teleoncology services at Kingaroy Hospital last week to thank them for their work.

“It was such a privilege to tour the new teleoncology area and meet the nurses who are providing on-site chemo treatment,”  Mrs Frecklington said.

“Joining me on the day was McGrath Foundation Nurse Sue Cox who has seen first-hand the benefits of local treatment for her patients.

“The nurses are doing a fantastic job and the feedback I have received from local patients is that the service is making a huge difference in their lives.

“This is a huge win for the people of the South Burnett and I am pleased that years of advocacy for this service has paid off.

“I have been fighting for better regional and rural health care for our community for many years and it is fantastic to see a teleoncology service working so well to help save the lives of cancer patients.

“No longer do they have to travel hours away for treatment. Instead they are able to stay close to families and friends when they need it the most.

“In the four months since the service began, there have already been 93 individual appointments which means 93 fewer trips that had to be made to Toowoomba or the coast for treatment.”

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