Chemotherapy, immunotherapy & other treatments

Before treatment at the Patricia Ritchie Centre

Day only admissions

Generally, no special preparation is required before treatment but if there is, for example tests or medications, the treating/referring doctor will advise the patient about this prior to their visit.

Patients should:

  • Take regular/normal medications on the day of treatment unless otherwise told not to.
  • Bring medicare card on the day [for prescriptions]
  • Drink plenty of water on the day as it is important to be well hydrated.
  • Eat a normal breakfast on the day of treatment.
  • Bring any snacks, reading material or music [players with earphones]. Free Wifi is available.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Bring a partner, family member or friend, especially on the first visit for company and also to help listen to instructions and education about their treatment.
  • We welcome visitors but in consideration of the comfort and safety of others please do not bring more than 2 supporters.
  • If you have been offered scalp cooling please see the Scalp Cooling page

Treatment

Most patients sit in a comfortable armchair during their treatment, although some treatments require patients to lie down. As treatment regimes vary from patient to patient, we cannot provide specific details here. Patients are given their own personalised patient information sheet and medication profile which the chemotherapy nurse reviews with them.

The relaxed atmosphere of the Patricia Ritchie Centre helps patients feel comfortable and they are provided with warm blankets, tea and coffee, light refreshments, DVDs, books and magazines.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.00pm

Telephone

+ 612 9900 7640

Location

Patricia Ritchie Centre for Cancer Care & Research
13 Gillies Street (corner Rocklands Road), North Sydney, NSW, 2060, Australia.
The Patricia Ritchie Centre is located at the back of the Mater Hospital. Enter via the lower ground floor of the hospital.

Parking

Parking is available in the Mater car park (entrance off Rocklands Rd) and fees apply.
A reduced rate is offered for patients/carers attending the Patricia Ritchie Centre. There is also some parking in the streets around the centre.

Costs

Your private health fund is charged a day only fee. If you wish to check with your fund prior, it is not an outpatient procedure. If you have not been admitted to hospital in the last calendar year you may have an excess to pay.
The admission staff will call several days prior to inform of any out of pocket expenses that may be payable on the day. i.e fund excess

Pharmacy

The majority of drugs are funded by PBS. A script cost may be charged for medications you take home. Any medications that may fall out of the PBS range will be discussed before they are prescribed.