Rural cancer treatment centres

Since 2012 Country Health SA has been providing low-risk chemotherapy in several rural South Australian locations. To find out if you may be able to have your treatment in one of these centres, speak to your oncologist, GP or other health professional. For basic information on where some chemotherapy is administered in rural South Australia, please see below.

Naracoorte – Four chemotherapy chairs are now available at this site. Low risk chemotherapy is administered to appropriate patients by local chemotherapy nurses with support via videoconferencing from Adelaide-based oncologists and local GPs where necessary.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8762 8100. This low risk chemotherapy unit is open Tuesdays and Thursday.  Telemed services are available Tuesday 12:00 to 14:00, and Thursday between 14:00 to 16:00.

Support for patients receiving treatment at this location (e.g. palliative care and social work services) can be accessed by contacting the South East Regional Community Health Service- Naracoorte, phone (08) 8762 8160. Additional information can be found by following this link: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

Port Augusta – Six chemotherapy chairs are available at the Port Augusta Hospital and Health Service. A range of support services are available for people receiving treatment at this hospital including a McGrath breast care nurse, social workers and a palliative care team.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8668 7500. This low risk chemotherapy unit is open Wednesday to Friday 08:00-16:30. Telemed services are available Wednesday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00.

To contact the McGrath breast care nurse that operates from this location, contact Judith Finlay, phone (08) 8668 7800 or email judith.finlay@health.sa.gov.au
Additional information can be found by following this link: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

Victor Harbor – The South Coast District Hospital administers low risk chemotherapy to appropriate patients in six chemotherapy chairs. This treatment is provided by local chemotherapy nurses, with assistance from oncologists based at Flinders Medical Centre and local GPs where necessary. In addition, support for people affected by cancer (e.g. palliative care, social work, domestic help) is available to eligible patients via the Southern Fleurieu Community Health Service.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8552 0500. This low risk chemotherapy unit is open Tuesday to Friday 08:00 to 16:30. Telemed services are available Tuesday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00.

For information on services provided by the Southern Fleurieu Community Health Service phone (08) 8552 0600.

A McGrath breast care nurse also operates from this location, contact Cheryl Baxter, phone
(08) 8552 0600 or email cheryl.baxter@health.sa.gov.au
Additional information can be found by following this link: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

Whyalla – The Whyalla Hospital and Health Service administers chemotherapy to appropriate patients in six chemotherapy chairs. Treatments available at this site include oral chemotherapy and intravenous infusion treatments in the chemotherapy unit or via slow release pumps. Other services relevant to people affected by cancer that are available at this site include:
• A Wellness Centre
• Coordination of you cancer care which can help you better navigate the health system
• Access to a visiting oncologist or haematologist
• Access to the Digital Telehealth Network equipment so you may be able to have follow-up appointments with your oncologist or haematologist remotely
• Non-chemotherapy infusion centre services including pump disconnects, PICC and port flushes and blood transfusions referred from any source.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8648 8648. The medium risk chemotherapy unit is open Tuesday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00. Telemed services are available Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00.

A McGrath breast care nurse also operates from this location, phone (08) 8648 8635 or 0427 180 655 or email Lisa.Freund@health.sa.gov.au
Additional information can be found by following this link: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

Port Lincoln – Port Lincoln Hospital and Health Service is part of the Eyre and Western Health Service and has four chemotherapy chairs to administer chemotherapy to appropriate patients. Other services relevant to people affected by cancer that are available at this site include:
• Access to the Digital Telehealth Network equipment so you may be able to communicate remotely with health professionals in metropolitan areas
• Social workers
• Palliative care
• Most oral chemotherapy available
• Infusions available.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8683 2200. The low risk chemotherapy unit is open Monday/Wednesday/Friday 07:00 to 15:30. Telemed services are available Wednesday 12:00 to 14:00.

A McGrath Breast Care Nurse also operates from this location, contact Helen Hookings, phone
(08) 8683 2269 or email helen.hookings@health.sa.gov.au.

Kangaroo Island – Low risk chemotherapy is available on Kangaroo Island under the care of oncologists based at the Flinders Medical Centre. In addition to administering some low risk chemotherapy, Kangaroo Island Chemotherapy Unit services include:
• Coordination of your cancer care which can help you better navigate the health system
• Access to the Digital Telehealth Network equipment so you may be able to have follow-up appointments with your oncologist without the need to travel
• Non-chemotherapy infusion centre services including pump disconnects, PICC and port flushes and blood transfusions referred from any source.
For further information on receiving treatment on Kangaroo Island, phone (08) 8553 4200.
Port Pirie
Port Pirie Regional Health Service administers low risk chemotherapy to appropriate patients with guidance from oncologists. Other services offered at this site that may be relevant to people affected by cancer include:
• Blood transfusions or treatments for blood disorders
• Intravenous arthritis treatments
• Intravenous infusions requiring day admission to hospital
• Dressings and blood collection from PICC lines and infusaports and/or PICC line insertion.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, contact the chemotherapy unit on (08) 8638 4150 or (08) 8638 4634.

A McGrath breast care nurse also operates from this location, contact Ros Mayfield, phone (08) 86384655 or email ros.mayfield@health.sa.gov.au.

Mount Gambier – You can now receive medium-risk treatments in the Mount Gambier Chemotherapy Unit under the care of visiting oncologists (including oral chemotherapy and intravenous infusion treatments in the chemotherapy unit or via slow release pumps). Other services available at this location that may be relevant to people affected by cancer include:
• Coordination of you cancer care which can help you better navigate the health system
• Access to visiting oncologists
• Access to the Digital Telehealth Network equipment so you may be able to have follow-up appointments with your oncologist remotely
• Non-chemotherapy infusion centre services including pump disconnects, PICC and port flushes, and blood transfusions referred from any source
• Access to referral to local cancer support groups and supportive care programs such as Look Good Feel Better.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8721 1200. The medium risk chemotherapy unit is open Tuesday to Friday 08:00 to 16:30. Telemed services are available Wednesday to Thursday 10:00 to 12:00.

A McGrath breast care nurse also operates from this location, contact Margaret Atwell, phone (08) 8721 1460 or 0417 169 853 or email Margaret.Atwell@health.sa.gov.au
Additional information can be found by following this link: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

Clare – You can receive low risk chemotherapy treatment (including oral chemotherapy and intravenous infusion treatments in the chemotherapy unit or via slow release pumps) in Clare under the care of oncologists based at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. Other services available at this location that may be relevant to people affected by cancer include:
• Coordination of you cancer care which can help you better navigate the health system
• Access to the Digital Telehealth Network equipment so you may be able to have follow-up appointments with your oncologist remotely
• Non-chemotherapy infusion centre services including pump disconnects, PICC and port flushes, and blood transfusions referred from any source.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8842 6500. The low risk chemotherapy unit is open Wednesday only  08:00 to 16:30. Telemed services are available everyday 08:00 to 16:00.
Additional information can be found by following this link: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

Murray Bridge – Low risk chemotherapy is available at Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial in four chemotherapy chairs. Infusions and social work services are also available.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8535 6777. This low risk chemotherapy unit is open Tuesday and Wednesday. Telemed services are available Tuesdays 10:00 to 12:00.

A McGrath breast care nurse also operates from this location, contact Kylie Campbell, phone (08) 8535 6800 or email Kylie.Campbell@health.sa.gov.au

Gawler – You can receive low-risk chemotherapy treatment in Gawler (including oral chemotherapy and intravenous infusion treatments in the chemotherapy unit or via slow release pumps) under the care of oncologists based at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. Other services available at this location that may be relevant to people affected by cancer include:
• Coordination of you cancer care which can help you better navigate the health system
• Access to the Digital Telehealth Network equipment so you may be able to have follow up appointments with your oncologist remotely
• Non-chemotherapy infusion centre services including pump disconnects, PICC and port flushes.

For further information about receiving treatment at this hospital, phone (08) 8521 2000. This low risk chemotherapy unit is open Wednesday and Thurs 08:30 to 17:00. Telemed services are available Wednesday to Friday 0800 to 1600.

Wallaroo – The Wallaroo Chemotherapy Unit (based at the Northern Yorke Peninsula Regional Health Service) provides services enabling rural patients the opportunity to received treatment in Wallaroo, under the care of their oncologists based at Lyell McEwin Hospital (including oral chemotherapy and intravenous infusion treatments in the chemotherapy unit or via slow release pumps). Other services available at this location that may be relevant to people affected by cancer include:
• Coordination of your cancer care which can help you better navigate the health system
• Access to the Digital Telehealth Network equipment so you may be able to have follow up appointments with your oncologist remotely
• Non-chemotherapy infusion centre services including pump disconnects, PICC and port flushes and blood transfusions referred from any source.

For more information please contact the Wallaroo Chemotherapy Unit on (08) 8823 0244. This low risk chemotherapy unit is open Tuesday and Thursday 08:00 to 16:30. Telemed services are available Tuesday and Thursday 08:00 to 16:00.

A McGrath breast care nurse also operates from this location, contact Sue Bird, phone (08) 8823 0388 or 0409 693 584 or email sue.bird@health.sa.gov.au

For further information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au