Past patients from a private skin cancer clinic in Bendigo are being urged to contact a public hotline, following concerns over diagnosis and treatment details.
Safer Care Victoria was alerted in May after Quality Cancer Care closed its doors and referred more than 30 patients to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Bendigo – most of whom were part way through a course of radiation treatment.
Clinicians at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Bendigo) and Bendigo Health raised concerns about the adequacy of diagnoses and treatment provided with the referrals.
A local specialist clinic has been established to offer review for anyone who has been a patient at Quality Cancer Care and who may be concerned about their diagnosis or treatment of skin cancer.
To arrange an appointment, please call 03 5454 6357 (9am – 5pm).
On behalf of the Chief Health Officer, Safer Care Victoria is investigating and managing any public health risk identified as a result of the closure of the clinic and referral of its patients.
To quote Chief Executive Officer of Safer Care Victoria, Professor Euan Wallace
“We will focus on patients who were seen in 2019 and 2020, but any previous patients of Quality Cancer Care at Bendigo who are concerned about their treatment can contact the dedicated phone line.”
“We will be attempting to contact up to 2,700 past patients of the clinic by letter, but this may take some time. We want to assure patients that most skin lesions are not life threatening. Of course, if you are worried, please call the phone line or make an appointment with your GP.”
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