New Oncology Clinic at The Moncton Hospital to offer Advanced Care
(Moncton) November 14, 2014 - A new oncology clinic which will offer advanced care for cancer patients and their families was officially opened today by Horizon Health Network and the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation.
Patients from New Brunswick and neighbouring provinces will have access to some of the best Oncologists in the country when the spacious new clinic begins receiving patients later this month.
"I am proud to join with the Friends of The Moncton Hospital and Horizon Health Network to open this new 17,000-square-foot facility which will better accommodate patients, provide better access and more privacy and offer better overall quality of care for cancer patients and their families," said Minister Cathy Rogers on behalf of Health Minister Victor Boudreau.
The Moncton Hospital provides one of the most active medical oncology services in New Brunswick. Last year, the clinic received 12,700 patient visits.
Because of increasing demand, the previous treatment area located on the sixth floor of the hospital had become so constricted that family members were unable to visit with patients during their treatment. The new facility offers 28 treatment stations in a large open space, allowing patients to have someone stay with them during their two to three-hour treatments.
"It's a place for our staff and physicians, patients and families to work together as a team to meet every patient's individual health-care needs," said John McGarry, President and CEO of Horizon. "This collaboration is at the heart of what we want to achieve as we continue our focus on patient and family-centred care."
Among other improvements, the clinic has increased its exam rooms from seven to 12 and added research space and oncology-pharmacy services.
The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation contributed $6 million to the project and $3.5 million was provided by the provincial government.
"We are happy that this modern facility for cancer patients has been completed," said Paul Arsenault, Foundation Chair. "We can now demonstrate to our donors that their funds are being used to fulfill the vision for which they were given."
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- The Moncton Hospital (TMH) provides one of the most active Medical Oncology Services in New Brunswick.
- TMH is one of the largest referral centers for Oncology in New Brunswick with more than 50 per cent of patients coming from outside the Moncton Area.
- In 1997, the clinic moved to the sixth floor of TMH. At that time, there were 6,675 patient visits annually. By the end of 2011, the annual number of patient visits had increased to 11,281.
- This past year (April 2013- March 2014), the clinic saw 12,700 patient visits.
- This clinic provides care through an interdisciplinary team including; Oncologists, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Clerks, Social Worker, Psychologist, Dietitian and Pharmacy Staff.
- About 40 per cent of all surgeries performed at TMH are cancer related.
- The former sixth-floor treatment area had 16 chairs and two stretchers in a confined area, making it impossible for patients to have family present during their treatment.
- On average, there are 25-28 chemo treatments per day and patients can wait two to three hours to get a chair for their treatment.
- The new facility offers 28 treatment stations and accommodates patients, family and staff in a safer, more efficient and confidential manner.
- Former clinic space: 8,550 square feet vs New Clinic: 17,200 square feet
- There are 23 new parking spots dedicated for clinic patients adjacent to the new facility.
Chemotherapy regimens (15 minutes to 10+ hours)
Assessment/teaching/follow-up visits (interdisciplinary services)
Telephone triage, urgent problem-solving assessments and treatment planning
Education, including prevention and risk assessment
Urgent care for chemotherapy patients experiencing complications requiring immediate assessment/treatment
Blood and blood product transfusion
Consultation to other service providers
Education and Research:
Clinical Trials, research and development
DalMed medical education
NBCC coop students
UNB Nursing students
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chemo Treatment Room:
Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.