Bendigo Health is providing key services for patients in the comfort of their own home through the Andrews Labor Government’s Better at Home initiative.
Bendigo resident Peter Briscoe is one of 90 cancer patients treated through the program by Bendigo Health.
Mr Briscoe has been receiving treatment for his cancer for two years. He said having to visit the hospital for appointments twice a week was difficult as he also cared full-time for his wife.
“Having oncology treatment at home is fantastic because it means the difference between having to be away for half a day to being at home with my wife all the time,” he said.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the program had been made possible thanks to government funding of $120.9 million over three years to health services across the state.
“It helps ensure better outcomes for regional Victorian patients as they can receive care within their own residence.”
Bendigo Health Board Chair Bob Cameron said Better at Home ensured consumers received quality care while alleviating time and potential stress that may be associated with travelling to healthcare providers for treatment.
“It’s thanks to government support that Bendigo Health can offer home-delivered hospital care in a variety of areas such as oncology as well early intervention for mild strokes, and geriatric rehabilitation,” he said.