Centre is impressive

09 Jul, 2008 11:27 AM

LOCAL residents have been simply 'blown away' by the new Cancer Services Centre in Milton according to president of the Cancer Outpatients Appeal, Dee Carrington.

Mrs Carrington said the response to the facility from members of the public during a series of open days last week had been overwhelming.

Approximately 500 people took the opportunity to tour the centre over four days from last Sunday through to last Wednesday.

Speaking to the Times last Wednesday, an exhausted Mrs Carrington said the open days had gone "really, really well" and that everyone who toured the centre was "really impressed".

"I knew they would be," she said. "It was just nice to see the looks on their faces."

Visitors over the four days included Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash, Member for South Coast and most of the staff from Milton Hospital.

Mrs Carrington said many people simply couldn't believe what had been provided inside the centre, such as state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities.

She said other features that attracted plenty of attention included the stained glass windows in the chemotherapy treatment room and the centre's colour scheme.

The stained glass windows were designed and donated by local glass artist, Graham Lyons, while the colour scheme was chosen by architect Alison Stephens and interior designer Sonia Smiles, who is also secretary of the management and development committee.

Mrs Carrington said people found the colour scheme to be "relaxing, soothing and friendly".

"They said it (the Cancer Services Centre) didn't feel like a hospital building at all," she said.

It is now expected to be just a matter of days before the centre becomes operational with an official opening to be held later this year, possibly in August.