Friendly faces awaiting patients at St Vincents Private Hospital cancer information centre

Media Release – 30 July 2010

The Far North Coast’s first dedicated Cancer Council Information Centre will be opening its doors at St Vincents Private Hospital on Friday 30 June.

Located in the main foyer of St Vincents Private Hospital, local volunteers will provide patients, and their family and friends with the latest information and resources about cancer diagnosis, treatment and support services.

“Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can be distressing and confusing for patients,” Gillian Batt, Director of Cancer Council NSW’s information and support services said.

“Visitors to the information centre will find relevant cancer information so that they can have their questions answered, know what to expect, and find out what support is available.

“The centre is also a place to relax between appointments or just take some time out and have a chat with one of our friendly volunteers.”

Resources include brochures, leaflets, DVDs and internet access to the Cancer Council NSW and other leading cancer information websites.   The centre also offers free telephone access to the Cancer Council Helpline.

Mr Bob Walsh, St Vincents Private Hospital Chief Executive Officer said “it is important to have such a great resource close to the medical specialists so patients can access up to date information and timely support”.

The Cancer Council Information Centre is located in the main foyer of St Vincents Private Hospital and is open Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm. Appointments are not necessary, resources are free, and everyone is welcome.

Cancer Council and St Vincents Private Hospital would like to acknowledge the generous financial support from Fairfulls Financial Services, and the AMP Foundation for making this information centre possible.

For information about the new centre, or if you have any other cancer questions, call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or visit www.cancercouncil.com.au

Media contact:

Fiona Murray, Cancer Council, 6627 0306 or 0458 239 550
Kirstie McClean, St Vincents Private Hospital 0410 642 800