About 40 people attended The Perth and Smiths Fall District Hospital’s grand opening of its renewed chemotherapy centre yesterday, including the family members of the women the room is dedicated to.
The new room means patients who reside in the Perth and Smiths Falls catchment area who once travelled to Kingston for systemic or chemotherapy treatment can now stay close to home.
“It’s allowing people to actually be treated and stay closer to home and it’s a great, comfortable environment. It’s a huge impact on patients especially when you think of the winter and driving back and forth to Kingston two or three times a week. So the fact that we can actually do it here I think is fantastic,” said Michele Bellows, the Vice President of Patient Services at The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.
The chemotherapy centre is located on the second floor of the hospital. There are four arm chairs for patients each with a sound system and television to help pass the time. Each station has its own equipment like a vital machine and IV infusion, as well as a visitor chair.
Michelle Wells is a nurse in the chemotherapy room. Wells said she knows staying to close to home is important to patients - and it’s an option her own mother did not have years ago when she received treatment in Kingston.
The chemotherapy centre at the Perth and Smiths Falls Hospital hopes to provide 200 treatment services by the end of this year.