Better Care For Bay Of Plenty Cancer Patients
Hon Tony Ryall
Minister of Health
22 February 2013
Better Care For Bay
Of Plenty Cancer Patients
Health Minister Tony
Ryall today met the two new dedicated cancer nurses who will
be supporting Bay of Plenty cancer patients and their
“Carolyn Gent and Lorraine Hammersley, who
start work at Bay of Plenty District Health Board (DHB) on
Monday, are among the 40 dedicated cancer nurses who are
expected to be working in public hospitals throughout the
country by the end of May,” says Mr Ryall.
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.
“Carolyn and Lorraine will work across both Tauranga
and Whakatane Hospitals. One nurse will focus on people
diagnosed with lung cancer while the other will cover
patients diagnosed with less common cancers.
Government is investing $4 million a year to ensure every
DHB has at least one full time dedicated cancer nurse, as
part of its commitment to provide better and faster cancer
services,” says Mr Ryall.
“Nursing has warmly welcomed
this new role, which will vastly improve the treatment
experience for patients by reducing delays, stress and
A national clinical nurse lead will be
appointed later this month to support the cancer nurses and
promote service improvements.
The funding of cancer nurse
coordinators was announced in Budget 2012 as part of a $33
million funding package aimed at further improving cancer
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