Regional cancer care in 2019: what will it look like?

July 6, 2015

On June 22, partners across the region met in Kingston to plan the next four years of cancer care in South East Ontario.

“The new regional plan must not only include links to the 2015 Ontario Cancer Plan IV (OCP IV) but, most importantly, also reflect the unique needs of patients across our region,” said Brenda Carter, Regional Vice-President of the South East Regional Cancer Program. “We will pay attention to delivering our services more efficiently with the patient at the centre of the journey, no matter where that journey begins in our region.”

All regional cancer programs play a role in delivering the strategic directions included in the OCP IV. The new regional plan will be a four-year roadmap that sets the direction for how we will work with our partners to complement OCP IV.

The meeting was attended by a cross-section of regional cancer care partners including Kingston General Hospital, Lennox & Addington County General Hospital, North Hastings District Hospital Queen’s University, Quinte Health Care, Rideau Tay Health Link, the South East Community Care Access Centre, and the South East Local Health Integration Network.

Patient experience advisors Louise Gallipeau from Kingston and Jack Butt from Brockville provided valuable patient insight into the cancer journey in our region.

“Inviting patients to participate in the regional strategic planning process from the beginning is the way to start,” said Jack Butt. “We are their success stories and their champions in our communities.”

Some themes emerged from the round table discussion and included transitions and access, patient safety outside the hospital setting, palliative care, and end of life care. Discussions focused on leveraging our success and strengths to make an impact at the system and provincial level.

“One of our real strengths is that together we can make a difference. As a community we are fortunate to have great cancer care resources in our backyard, but we need to become familiar with the scope of these services and leverage our successes,” said Jack.

This meeting marks the beginning of an important planning process.  There will be more engagement sessions across the South East region over the next few months, with the expected launch of a new strategic plan in November 2015.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend this first meeting, to share their thoughts and what is important to them as a partner in cancer care. As a group, we will be stretching our thinking and looking into the future to see what cancer care at the end of 2019 can look like,” added Brenda.

If you would like to share your thoughts on cancer care priorities for the South East region, please email us at contact@cancercaresoutheast.ca.

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