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Hospital in home program at Monash Cancer Centre - Moorabbin Leader
GRANDAD Bryon Kilpatrick has many reasons to be thankful for a new medical trial but one of the most important is the extra time he has with granddaughter Cara.
A new service being piloted by Monash Cancer Centre has given him back many hours he would otherwise spend in hospital.
Diagnosed with the blood cancer Multiple Myeloma in 2009, Mr Kilpatrick is one of the first patients to have nurses sent out to his home to help administer intravenous infusions of a bone-strengthening drug as part of the Hospitals in the Home Program.
He needs to have the infusions on a monthly basis, but getting to the Moorabbin-based treatment centre from his home in Cranbourne North was always a struggle.
It used to take him an hour to get there and was made even more difficult by the energy-sapping chemotherapy medication he takes on a daily basis.
"If you said five years ago when I was diagnosed I had to go to Moorabbin once a month then it would have been no problem, but now it's such a struggle," Mr Kilpatrick said.
"Everything is about time and when you're in this condition you try to grab as much time as you can."
The treatment has been made possible by the new technology available to hospitals and healthcare workers, said Monash Cancer Centre's head of oncology Dr Peter Briggs.
"Things have changed so much since my time where you'd just be stuck with a land line," Dr Briggs said.
He said nurses were now able to remotely access medical records and have live video conversations with doctors from the patients homes.
Mr Briggs said there are many advantages to the program including safety for patients, decreased disruption to patients' routines, reduced costs for patients, and decreased stress of parking and delaying appointment times.
Published Date: July 9, 2009
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