Clinic a tribute to community

19 Mar, 2008 10:48 AM

WITH the Milton Hospital cancer clinic set to open its doors next month, the area health service has given the facility its full support.

South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service CEO Terry Clout toured the centre with Cancer Outpatients Appeal committee members last Wednesday and said the facility was a tribute to the Milton-Ulladulla community.

"This centre is a real tribute to the enormous contribution by the community and the committee members," he said.



Jenn's story is all too familiar

22 Apr, 2009 03:30 PM

Jenn Ekerick is just one of dozens of Ulladulla residents forced to travel to Wollongong for appointments with her oncologist because no cancer specialists are visiting Milton’s Community Cancer Centre.

With no family in the area, Jenn has had to rely on the generosity of her good friends and Community Transport Aid volunteers to get to her specialist appointments for the past 18 months.

She said regular visits to Milton by oncologists would make life much easier for herself and many others battling cancer in the district.

“Without the support of my wonderful friends, getting to medical appointments in Wollongong would have been very difficult.

“You often don’t feel well or up to travelling, so to be able to have consultations closer to home would make life a little easier when times are tough.

“The community did work hard to raise the funds and was promised these services at Milton so I would like to see it happen.”

Jenn’s good friend Lorrie said she would hate to see the cancer centre became a “white elephant”.



At Long Last

25 Jun, 2008 12:45 PM

AFTER more than years of intensive fundraising the new Cancer Services Centre in Milton will open its doors to the public this weekend.

The centre will be open from Sunday (June 29) through to Wednesday (July 2) for a series of community open days and member of the local community are being encouraged to join members of the Cancer Outpatients Appeal Committee on a tour of the facility.

Appeal president Dee Carrington said it had taken four-and-a-half years of intensive fundraising by the committee along with over 75 different community groups and a grant of almost $500,000 from the Australian Government to reach the point where the centre was ready to be commissioned to provide chemotherapy and a range of cancer support services for local cancer patients, their families and carers.



More to be done

01 Jul, 2009 01:09 PM
WHILE Monday's official opening of the Milton-Ulladulla Community Cancer Services Centre represented a huge triumph for our community, there's much more to be done.

The dedicated members of the Cancer Outpatients Appeal, led by president Dee Carrington and doctor Brett Thomson, have proven their critics wrong and have overcome some huge hurdles to make the dream a reality.


Dee's Honour


30 Jan, 2008 10:18 AM

DEE Carrington has been named the Australia Day Shoalhaven Citizen of the Year, recognising her tireless campaign for a cancer clinic at Milton.

The Milton Hospital Cancer Outpatients Appeal president said she was overwhelmed when mayor Greg Watson announced her name at Saturday's Australia Day Awards at Nowra Showground.

"It was a bit overwhelming really, but it was a wonderful day.

"It's a terrific honour for me and everyone involved with the appeal.

"Without a wonderful committee and the strong community support we wouldn't be getting our cancer centre," Dee said.

The outpatients appeal has been a tremendous community effort, but there's always one person who pulls all the strings together to make something happen and, in this case, that person is Dee Carrington.

She has been the driving force behind a mammoth campaign that has raised $500,000 in almost four and a half years and will culminate in March when the Milton Hospital Cancer Services and Support Centre finally opens its doors.

Dee has become the face of the appeal handling publicity and marketing, spearheading countless fundraising events, liaising with politicians, doctors, hospital staff and the area health service and finally coordinating the centre's design and building team.