Hotel helps sick

CHEMOTHERAPY patients and their families will be able to stay at the unused ex-Northumberland Hotel rooms for the next year, while undergoing treatment, thanks to a deal between Gympie Regional Council and the Supporting Chemotherapy in Cooloola (SCIC) group.

Council has formalised an agreement with the SCIC for the use of the five rooms for up to 12 months.

SCIC President Gordon Owen said the rooms were not restricted to chemo patients and others such as renal patients would also benefit.

He said after treatment patients could be quite ill and it was hard for them to get home.

“The offer of the rooms came as a surprise,” Mr Owen said, and would help alleviate problems with finding accommodation.

“It's an extremely generous offer by the council.”

Currently SCIC is working towards building their own units in Gympie for patient use.

SCIC run a support group for people touched by cancer. For details, phone 0402 286 571.

Gympie Times


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