Upgrades at Wembley’s Genesis CancerCare helps put patients at ease


General manager of Genesis CancerCare WA Michael Davis with a former patient Kathryn Weber in the revamped centre. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d475814
General manager of Genesis CancerCare WA Michael Davis with a former patient Kathryn Weber in the revamped centre. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d475814

KATHRYN Weber was taken back to the beach when she had radiation treatment at Genesis CancerCare in Wembley this year.

Screens depicting calming scenes like a beach were part of the radiation oncology treatment centre’s recent $2 million upgrade.

The Port Kennedy resident was diagnosed with colon rectal cancer in April and was at the centre for radiation treatment five times a week.

“I like the TV screens with the beach because I live near the beach so it felt familiar,” Mrs Weber, who was given the all clear earlier this month, said.

The centre’s first major revamp since it opened in 2005 included interactive viewing screens in hallways leading to the three treatment rooms, a cancer exercise clinic, expanded staff facilities and 30KW solar panels installed on the roof to offset the energy requirements of two treatment machines a day.

Genesis CancerCare general manager Michael Davis said the end result was a completely new layout and less-clinical environment to enhance the patient experience, with a particular focus on increasing comfort and privacy and easing stress.

“The staff are more comfortable and they have the resources they need to provide great care,” Mr Davis said.

“That translates to fantastic results.”

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