New equipment for cancer patients

Cooma Hospital's oncology clinic has just aquired new equipment for cancer patients, thanks to the Monaro Committee for Cancer Research (MCCR).

Two treatment chairs and an AccuVein Viewing System have been bought for patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

Cooma cancer care co-ordinator Sandra Nagle said the AccuVein Viewing System employs the latest infra-red technology, enabling staff to find a vein when suitable veins are limited and difficult to see with the human eye.

"The oncology staff are very grateful for MCCR's generosity," Mrs Nagle said.

"The donations have improved the quality of care we are able to provide to patients in the Cooma Oncology Clinic, and the MCCR's continued support will ensure we are able to maintain our high standard of care."

The expensive new equipment was bought through the MCCR's fundraising activities such as "Dancing with the Cooma Stars", the November Garden Party and donations from members of the public.

The AccuVein machine cost $9,000 and the two chairs were purchased for a total of $12,000.

The two new treatment chairs are the latest technology and provide comfort for patients being treated, some who need to be on the chair for up to six hours.

Cooma Hospital oncology nurse Sharon Mountain said the AccuVein machine, which uses infrared light, enables nurses to find a suitable vein for cannulation (drip).

"It's been invaluable support for the onology nurses and to patients," Ms Mountain said.

"It reduces pain and multiple cannulation attempts, you want the best vein you can use."

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