Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the purchase of a house in Duffy to act as a residence for cancer patients and their carers:
“The house in the suburb of Duffy will be a home away from homefor cancer patients and their carers for whom long distances make it too difficult for them to travel to and from their own homes on a daily basis to receive their treatment,” the Chief Minister said.
“The property will be able to accommodate a small number of Capital Regional Cancer Service patients and their carers and provide a quiet homely environment during the treatment.
“The advantage of having the accommodation off the Canberra Hospital Campus is that the patient and their carer are away from the treatment facility, which aids their recovery,” Ms Gallagher said.
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Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, said the Australian Government had provided $1.8 million for the property purchase, extensive renovations, special furniture and equipment, landscaping and fit-out.
“The property will contain six suites and common areas which enable residents to interact and support each other through the process,” Ms Brodtmann said.
They expect it to be operational by mid 2012.