Ontario is improving cancer care for patients and families in the Waterloo Region, with new enhancements at the Grand River Hospital that will increase access and reduce wait times for cancer-fighting treatments.
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins was joined by Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, at the Grand River Hospital today to mark the start of construction on enhancements to the cancer centre. The hospital is the largest provider of treatment and cancer surgery in the region.
When the project is complete, cancer patients will benefit from a new radiation treatment unit that has the capacity to increase the number of patients treated by 24 per cent, and enable approximately 400 more patients to be treated each year. A second computed tomography (CT) simulator machine will also be installed, which has the capacity to double the number of patients that can be treated.
Improving cancer care for patients is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
“With significant funding for cancer care, including the new equipment for Grand River Hospital, we are continuing to ensure that patients in the Waterloo Region, and across the province, have better access to the right care closer to home, now and in the future.”
“It's critical to provide access to safe, timely and high-quality cancer care. Once installed, the new radiation treatment units will reduce wait times and provide better care for patients in the Waterloo Region.”
“When our cancer centre opened 13 years ago, it was designed for expansion when patient volumes justified additional treatment capacity. We are grateful for the funding that will support ongoing excellence in cancer treatment for patients and families in the Waterloo Region and Wellington County.”
“Together with our Regional Cancer Programs, Cancer Care Ontario is committed to ensuring patients have timely access to high-quality cancer care as close to home as possible. This investment in new hospital equipment and infrastructure will expand cancer services for Kitchener-Waterloo patients to continue to meet the needs for cancer treatment in the region.”
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