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Oncology Day Unit


Frankston Integrated Health Centre
(next to Frankston Hospital)
2 Hastings Road
Frankston VIC 3199

Rosebud Hospital
1527 Pt Nepean Road
Rosebud VIC 3939

Contact Details

Frankston PH: (03) 9784 7211
Frankston FAX: (03) 9784 7198

Rosebud PH:  (03) 5986 0719
Rosebud FAX: (03) 5986 9209

About the Oncology Day Unit

Cancer services at Frankston Hospital were initiated in 1994 with the appointment of the first medical oncologist. This has expanded to a team of three oncologists; one specialist haematologist and registrars for both oncology and haematology and three outpatients clinics.

There are seven nurses per shift in the Oncology Day Unit, one pharmacist and a pharmacy technician each day. The Unit at Frankston treats patients from Monday to Friday and at Rosebud on Monday and Wednesday to Friday.

We are actively involved in national and multinational clinical trials, ensuring all our clients are able to access optimal current therapy. Our research department is actively involved in clinical trials for many cancer types.

The Oncology Day Unit provides a broad range of therapies in a day ward setting promoting the independence of our clients and their families.

From the administration of chemotherapy, blood and blood product transfusions, to performing bone marrow biopsies, taking pathology and other investigative procedures, clients receive expert care and education in a professional, warm and friendly environment.

Our clinical nurse consultants provide a telephone triage service where clients may be directed to ancillary services including the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS), Social Workers, and Dieticians all aimed to support the client and family in the home environment.

Our clinical nurse consultants liaise with the clients’ medical oncologist / haematologist as required, to streamline in-patient admission and outpatient services.

Client/family education is ongoing with a phone triage service operating to allay anxiety and answer queries. Weekly nursing meetings with our medical oncologists allow for clarification of treatment goals.

Our commitment to a multidisciplinary approach to client care ensures optimal co ordination of each client’s care pathway. It allows each team member to contribute to client outcomes.

Multidisciplinary Team Meetings have been established to provide a forum to discuss, plan and review client care plans. These meetings are attended by Medical and Radiation Oncologists, Specialist Nurse Consultant, Surgeons and their registrars, dieticians, occupational therapists, oncology nurses, clinical trial coordinators, radiologists and pathologists.

These meetings educate staff to cancer processes promoting understanding of every client’s care plan and enable us to constantly evaluate care planned and implemented.

Our involvement in the Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS) project, a DHS initiative, shows our commitment to ensure all clients in Victoria receive equitable care from institutions providing cancer care.