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3. Affordable accommodation options

If you are considered an ‘approved escort’ by PATS, your travel and accommodation costs may be covered by this scheme in the same way that the patient’s costs are covered. For more information, click here or visit the PATS website at www.countryhealthsa.sa.gov.au/pats.

A range of accommodation facilities are available. Most people find that the subsidised facilities specifically provided for cancer patients are very good. However, commercial options are also listed below. PATS covers almost all of the costs associated with staying in the subsidised accommodation options. With the commercial options, you may be left with a gap. Remember that bookings are essential and you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If you have difficulty with stairs, mention this when booking so that you don’t end up with a room that you can’t get to!

Subsidised accommodation

  • Cancer Council Lodge – Greenhill – previously known as Greenhill Lodge, is located at 204 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, 5062, phone 13 11 20 or email greenhilllodge@cancersa.org.au. This air-conditioned, motel-style accommodation facility is owned and run by Cancer Council SA.  Rooms sleep between two and five people and include all linen, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, free Foxtel, free access to Wi-Fi and a telephone (local and STD calls at a cost).  Reasonably-priced evening meals can be purchased in the dining room or guests can have access to communal kitchen facilities.  There is off-street parking, recreation room, BBQ, free laundry facilities and a Cancer Council SA bus service that takes patients to and from the RAH, St Andrew’s, Tennyson Medical Centre or the Flinders Medical Centre several times a day for medical appointments.  Morning teas are held every Thursday morning to give guests a chance to get to know each other.  Shopping trips and weekend outings (bus driven by volunteers) are also available to guests.  A social worker is available onsite several days a week to assist with any difficulties (e.g. financial or emotional issues).  To have a look around Cancer Council Lodge (Greenhill), click here. To see how to catch the Cancer Council SA bus service to St Andrew’s or the RAH, click here and let John take you for a tour!
    Cost:
    For cancer patients and their carers, the cost is $40 per night single occupancy and $80 per night for double room occupancy. If you have a health care or pension card and are eligible for PATS, this cost will be covered completely by PATS.  If you don’t have a health care or pension card, but are eligible for PATS, you will be charged the first night’s accommodation (the PATS co-contribution – see the information on PATS). Cancer Council SA can ‘bulk-bill’ PATS directly on behalf of eligible guests, to reduce out-of-pocket expenses.  Additional occupants are welcome to stay in your room for a small fee, if bed configuration allows.
  • Cancer Council Lodge – Flinders – previously known as Flinders Lodge, is located at 27 Dequetteville Terrace, Adelaide, 5067, phone 13 11 20 or email flinderslodge@cancersa.org.au. This air-conditioned, motel-style accommodation facility is owned and run by Cancer Council SA.  Rooms sleep between two and five people and include all linen, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, free Foxtel, free access to Wi-Fi and a telephone (local and STD calls at a cost).  Reasonably-priced evening meals can be purchased in the dining room or guests can have access to communal kitchen facilities. There is also one off-street car park per room, recreation room, BBQ, free laundry facilities and a Cancer Council bus service that takes patients to and from the RAH, St Andrew’s, Tennyson Medical Centre or the Flinders Medical Centre several times per day for medical appointments. Morning teas are held every Wednesday morning to give guests a chance to get to know each other.  Shopping trips and weekend outings (bus driven by volunteers) are also available to guests.  A social worker is available onsite several days a week to assist with any difficulties (e.g. financial or emotional issues). To have a look around Cancer Council Lodge (Flinders) click here.  To see how to catch the Cancer Council SA bus service to St Andrew’s or the RAH, click here and let John take you for a tour or two!
    Cost:
    For cancer patients and their carers, the cost is $40 per night for single occupancy and $80 per night for double occupancy. If you have a health care or pension card and are eligible for PATS, this cost will be covered completely by PATS. If you don’t have a health care or pension card, but are eligible for PATS, you will be charged the first night’s accommodation (the PATS co-contribution – see the information on PATS). Cancer Council SA can ‘bulk-bill’ PATS directly on behalf of eligible guests, to reduce out-of-pocket expenses. Additional occupants are welcome to stay in your room for a small fee, if bed configuration allows.

  • Leukaemia Foundation SA Patient Village is located at 39 Folland Avenue, Northfield, 5085, phone 1800 620 420. This purpose-built complex includes 15 apartments with either two or three bedrooms, as well as recreational facilities including a games room, gym and children’s play area.  It has been designed specifically for the special needs of people staying there, taking into account factors such as a patient’s reduced immune function during treatment and the importance of creating a supportive and relaxing environment for families at such a difficult time.
    Cost:  Please call 1800 620 420
  • Ronald McDonald House is located at 271 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, 5006, phone (08) 8267 6922 or via www.rmhc.org.au. These facilities are available to the families of seriously ill children who are having treatment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. They can accommodate up to 20 families (10 in communal living and 10 in independent living units for stays of more than three months).  Each family has a private bedroom and bathroom. All share a dining room, two well-equipped kitchens, a playroom and a parents’ retreat.  The first time a family visits, a social worker at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital must make a referral to this facility (phone  (08) 8161 7381).  After that, families may self-refer.
    Cost:
    If eligible for PATS, this will cover the cost (minus the $30 co-contribution if applicable – see information on PATS). PATS can be invoiced directly so you don’t have any out of pocket expenses.
  • RAH Residential Wing  is located at the back (northern end) of the hospital grounds, phone (08) 8222 5169. This basic facility contains single rooms with a communal kitchen, lounge, laundry, uni-sex bathroom and computer facilities. Linen is provided. Parking is not available. Guests are required to clean their own rooms. There is no air-conditioning and kitchen utensils and facilities are scarce. Bring your own if you plan to stay for a long time and want to cook. Rooms are limited to people who are receiving treatment or who have family receiving treatment at the RAH, Women’s and Children’s or Repatriation Hospitals. Only two relatives per patient can be accommodated at these facilities at one time.
    Cost:
    $18.46 plus GST per night for a single room.
  • Rosemary’s Place is located at 7 Rose Terrace, Wayville, 5034, phone 0416 722 870, visit www.rosemarysplace.org.au or email info@rosemarysplace.org.au  This charity (run by volunteers and specifically founded to support country people) has two homely, self-contained, air-conditioned maisonettes that sleep up to four people each.
    Cost:
    One is available for short term stays (at a base cost of $85 per night) and the other is available for long term stays (at a base cost of $60 per night). Long-term guests can ask for PATS to be invoiced directly.
  • Country Women’s Association is located at 30 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town, 5034, phone (08) 8332 4166. The CWA provides accommodation to members and non-members in both units and individual rooms. The individual rooms share bathroom, lounge, kitchen and laundry facilities.
    Cost:
    Units range from $80-$200. The shared facility rooms cost $65 for a single room, $110 for two people and $110 for a family room (with the option to add a 3rd and 4th person for $25 per additional person).
  • Uni Lodge, is located at the corner of Waymouth Street and West Terrace, Adelaide, 5000, phone Jason Hoppner 0439 399 133 or email jason.hoppner@unilodge.com.au or visit www.unilodge.com.au  These units were originally set up as a facility for people needing to stay near the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). They are being used for international university student accommodation prior to the RAH completion but numbers are now diminishing. The units are self-contained living including electricity, internet, linen, kitchenette with crockery and cutlery. Some units have disability access. This is not like a motel in terms of administration – so bulk-billing arrangements in regard to PATS, is not an option.  PATS will provide a patient subsidy if the patient is PATS-eligible.
    Cost: Approximately $350 per week with a minimum of five days accommodation and prices may be negotiated.

Commercial hotels/motels

If you find that all of these options outlined above are booked, you may need to consider the following commercial facilities. Please note that these hotels/motels are not setup specifically for cancer patients. Therefore, if you need to stay for a long time, explain your situation and ask whether they are able to offer any long-term or patient discounts.

Near the city

Near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

  • Lindy Lodge Motel, 445 Torrens Road, Woodville Park, 5011, phone (08) 8268 2333, visit www.lindylodgemotel.com.au or email res@lindylodgemotel.com.au
  • Woodville Serviced Apartments, 11-19 Woodville Road, Woodville South, 5011, phone
    (08) 8347 1966. Bookings taken by Sutherland Court Retirement Village.  Open-plan studio apartments that sleep two people.  Long-term rates negotiable. 

Near Flinders Medical Centre

  • Bluinn ShortStay, 26 Rupert Ave, Bedford Park, 5042, phone 0415 723 740, visit www.bluinn.com.au. Three separate self-contained apartments that sleep either 2 or 5 people. Laundry, kitchenette and car parking available.
  • Nunyara Holiday Unit, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair, 5052, phone (08) 8278 1673, visit www.nunyara.com.au or email nunya@unitingvenuessa.org.au. Self-contained family units. 
  • Marion Hotel, 849 Marion Road, Mitchell Park, 5043, phone (08) 8276 8888, visit www.marionhotel.com.au or email info@marionhotel.com.au Upstairs self-contained rooms that sleep up to two people. Off-street parking and discounts for cancer patients available.
  • Morphett Arms Hotel, 138 Morphett Road, Glengowrie, 5044, phone (08) 8295 8371, visit www.morphettarms.com.au or email office@morphettarms.com.au  Upstairs self-contained rooms that sleep up to four people.  Parking and weekly rates available.
  • Tonsley Hotel/Motel, 1274 South Road, Clovelly Park, 5042, phone (08) 8276 8099, visit www.tonsleyhotel.com.au or email info@tonsleyhotel.com.au  Motel-style single and double rooms. Parking and discounts available for patients.
  • Comfort Inn On Marion (Supercentre), 540 Marion Road, Plympton Park, 5038, phone (08) 8371 2899, visit http://www.adelaidemotel.com/Accommodation/accommodation.html or email info@adelaidemotel.com  Single and double rooms that sleep up to six people. Parking and long-term/cancer patient discounts available. 
  • Warradale Hotel, 234 Diagonal Road, Warradale, 5046, phone (08) 8296 1019, visit www.warradalehotel.com or email info@warradalehotel.com.au  Rooms sleep between two and six people. Weekly rates available.
  • Marion Holiday Park, 323 Sturt Road, Bedford Park, 5042, phone (08) 8276 6695, visit www.marionhp.com.au or email info@marionhp.com.au Various types of cabins with linen provided.  Parking on site and 15% discount given for patients of the Flinders Medical Centre.
  • Sturt River Caravan Park, Brookside Road, Darlington, 5047, phone (08) 8296 1113, visit www.sturtriverpark.com.au or email office@sturtriverpark.com.au Large and small cabins, parking, linen and cooking facilities provided.

Near the Lyell McEwin Hospital