28 November 2017

New accommodation for WA country cancer patients

Thanks to a Lotterywest grant of $1.5 million, Cancer Council WA has opened its newly refurbished accommodation facilities for WA country cancer patients.

Each year, Crawford Lodge (located at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands) and Milroy Lodge (located in Shenton Park) provide accommodation to around 5,000 regional patients receiving cancer treatment and their families in Perth.

The Lodges not only provide a home away from home while patients undergo cancer treatment – they also create a place where families can come together and support each other whilst going through similar experiences.

As part of the refurbishment, nine new guest rooms at both sites have been built. A family unit at Crawford Lodge has been constructed and additional kitchen and laundry facilities at Crawford Lodge have been created.

Cancer Council WA CEO Ashley Reid said the $2 million refurbishment would accommodate an additional 300 country cancer patients in Perth each year.

"The lodges are invaluable for country patients who need to temporarily relocate to Perth for cancer treatment," he said.

Mr Reid also acknowledged the generous support of Lotterywest towards the cost of the refurbishment.

"Not only do the Lodges save our guests the stress and cost of finding other accommodation in Perth, the support on offer at the Lodges can make an enormous difference to country cancer patients at a difficult time in their lives."

It’s only thanks to Lotterywest retailers and players that we’re able to distribute grants like these to help build a better Western Australia together.