Chemo ho­tel an Aus­tralian first

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

A WIL­SON res­i­dent has part­nered with a South Perth ho­tel and a treat­ment provider to launch the first Aus­tralian ho­tel ser­vice of in-room chemo­ther­apy and med­i­cal in­fu­sions.

The ini­tia­tive, created by can­cer sup­port group Blue Dot Army in part­ner­ship with Metro Ho­tel Perth and can­cer treat­ment provider [email protected], was launched last month.

Blue Dot Army founder Crys­tal Howrie said she knew she wanted to help pa­tients af­ter go­ing through the hos­pi­tal sys­tem dur­ing her own can­cer jour­ney years ago.

“I re­mem­ber af­ter one par­tic­u­lar day, af­ter I went through all these things, I sat down and de­clared I wanted to change the way peo­ple go through this,” she said.

“It’s not about cur­ing can­cer – I wish I could – but for me, we’re go­ing to fo­cus on the per­son and not the dis­ease.”

Ms Howrie said there would be a sim­pli­fied book­ing form to al­lo­cate a tai­lored room for the guests and any call to ac­tion would go to her.

“The lan­guage will change com­pletely; once they check in they will be­come a guest and not a pa­tient,” she said.

Metro Ho­tel Perth gen­eral man­ager Jeff Hirst said the ho­tel had set a fixed rate of $100 a night and would give ‘run of the house’ for the guest pa­tients.

“This is largely for peo­ple from re­gional cen­tres where the treat­ment is not avail­able at the hos­pi­tal in the re­gional cen­tres or not avail­able in the homes,” he said.

“They will never be sub­ject to close-out pe­ri­ods; when there’s big con­certs on or big sport­ing events on, they will have first pri­or­ity over ev­ery­body to have a room at the ho­tel at the agreed rate. There will be no in­creased rates.”

[email protected] co­founder Lorna Cook said the med­i­cal treat­ments would be cov­ered by pri­vate health in­sur­ance with no out-of-pocket ex­penses.

“We’re hop­ing the State Gov­ern­ment will cover this,” she said.

Email crys­[email protected]­do­tarmy.com.au or call 1300 466 324.

d488876 Pic­ture: David Baylis

Blue Dot Army’s Crys­tal Howrie, Lorna Cook from [email protected] and clin­i­cal nurse Mery­ill Brad­shaw with in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor Annika Hofer­mann re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

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