WDHB appoints new cancer nurse
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27 February 2012
 
Whanganui cancer patients and their families will be better supported thanks to the recent appointment of a dedicated cancer nurse who will coordinate and streamline the care of those being treated for cancer.
 
WDHB Public health, community & rural nurse manager Lucy Dunlop says the specialist nurse, due to start with the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) in early April, is one of 40 dedicated cancer nurses expected to be working in public hospitals throughout the country by the end of May.
 
“As part of its commitment to provide better and faster cancer services, the Government is investing $4 million a year to ensure every DHB has at least one full time dedicated cancer nurse,” Mrs Dunlop says.
 
“These specialist nurses will act as a single point of contact so patients and their families no longer have to deal with multiple people from different parts of the health service.
 
“The Whanganui cancer nurse will not necessarily see all cancer patients but she will monitor their care in an effort to improve their treatment journey by reducing any delays, stress and duplication.”
 
Mrs Dunlop says rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, DHBs have carefully considered how best to tailor the role to achieve the most benefit for their patients.
 
“Our Whanganui nurse will coordinate care for patients diagnosed with cancer working with nurses, doctors and other health professionals to ensure patients receive seamless treatment in the fastest possible time.”
 
A national clinical nurse lead has been appointed to support the DHB cancer nurses and promote service improvements.
 
Funding of cancer nurse coordinators was announced in the 2012 Budget as part of a $33 million funding package aimed at further improving cancer services.