A new partnership will provide the shire’s cancer patients with reduced rate accommodation options when they are required to travel to Sydney for their cancer treatment.
Cancer Council NSW and AccorHotels will help ease the financial burden by providing cancer patients, carers and their family members access to hundreds of affordable rooms. The service will be available across 62 AccorHotels properties close to treatment facilities in greater Sydney and other locations across NSW.
The new partnership will complement the current NSW Government’s Isolated Patients Transport and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS). The overall financial burden of cancer will be reduced for these patients when they claim the commercial IPTAAS rate on these rooms.
Brenna Smith of Cancer Council NSW said it’s concerning to hear of patients who have chosen to forfeit vital treatment because of the financial burden and lack of available accommodation options when being treated away from their home region.
“When you are diagnosed with cancer, your time should be spent on getting to your radiation and chemotherapy treatments, eating properly and staying focused on the goal of getting better,” Ms Smith said.
“This new service will help local cancer patients and their families rest easy knowing accommodation options close to their treatment facility will be available at a cost affordable to them.”
Hotel staff will be trained to deal with specific dietary and housekeeping requirements. Rooms will have a Cancer Council NSW support pack providing information on other cancer support services, which will aid patients and their families during treatment away from home.
Cancer patients who require accommodation are encouraged to visit 老域名cancercouncil老域名备案老域名/accommodation or call Cancer Council NSW on 131-120 to discuss their options.
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