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In a new partnership with cancer support group Blue Dot Army and cancer treatment provider chemo@home, Metro Hotel Perth will be the first hotel in Australia to enable cancer sufferers to receive in-room treatment including chemotherapy and medical infusions.
Blue Dot Army is a not for profit organisation dedicated to changing the way cancer treatment is delivered, focusing on the person, not the disease. ‘Blue Dot’ represents the small tattoo a person with cancer must have to accurately guide the radiologist to administer radiation treatment. ‘Army’ represents the advocates, partners and volunteers who support people with cancer.
Blue Dot Army was established by Crystal Howrie after her own experience with cancer left her determined to improve the experience of people undertaking treatment.
Ms Howrie says the new partnership with Metro Hotel Perth and chemo@home will provide a welcome alternative, particularly for those who live a long way from available services.
“Avoiding lengthy visits in waiting rooms and parking costs, we can offer a much friendlier, home style environment whilst having cancer treatment. Families can stay together whilst enjoying all of the usual facilities that the hotel will offer their guests,” said Ms Howrie.
“Blue Dot Army acknowledges the additional difficulties placed on patients from outer metro and regional communities in Western Australia and aims to improve their access and experience when undergoing treatment.”
Chemo@home is Australia’s leading provider of home-based infusion treatments, whereby highly trained and skilled nursing staff provide home-based cancer treatments.
Metro Hotel Perth General Manager Jeff Hirst, said: “We are delighted to partner with Blue Dot Army and chemo@home to offer this new service to people receiving cancer treatment and will do everything we can to make them feel welcome, ensure they are comfortable and have all the facilities they need.”