The North West Cancer Centre (NWCC) is part of the Tamworth Hospital and provides oncology services to patients from the North West and New England regions of NSW. This includes medical oncology (chemotherapy) and radiation oncology. The centre opened its doors in 2013 and since then has treat hundreds of patients. While the Tamworth Medical Oncology Service has been running for many years (in smaller facilities), radiation oncology was not available in the North West prior to the centre opening.
The construction of the NWCC was funded jointly by Commonwealth and NSW Government as part of a program to bring quality care closer to home for regional patients. The Centre also enjoys strong community support and partnerships with related organisations that enhance the care offered to patients.
Having services offered in Tamworth has meant less travel for regional patients, but around 45 per cent of patients still travel more than 100km to receive care at the NWCC. Our dedicated accommodation facility “Inala House” provides a home away from home for those patients who require long courses of treatment.
The cancer centre team has been drawn from all over the country and around the world. We acknowledge the Gomeroi/Kamilaroi people as the traditional owners of the land that we now live and work on. We are committed to playing our part in Closing the Gap and work collaboratively to ensure our services are culturally safe and appropriate.
Our commitment to all patients in our community is evident through quality improvement initiatives such as Active Patient Portal. This is a secure online service that allows patients to view their Radiation Oncology appointments and other key information. We are the first centre in Australia to introduce it.