A YEAR on from the opening of St Andrew's Hospital infusion clinic, hospital staff celebrated the anniversary with a reunion of patients they have treated over the past year.
The clinic opened as the first private oncology centre in the Ipswich region, cutting travel time for patients west of Brisbane.
Among the patients who joined staff to mark the occasion was Keith Griffiths, who began treatment for cancer in 2010.
He previously travelled to Brisbane for treatment, but now he and his wife Vivienne have to travel only a few streets to get to St Andrew's.
The reduced travel time helped release a burden on Keith during his recovery and the couple's daughter who drove them in to hospital for the appointment every three weeks.
Mr Griffiths sat in his favourite comfy chair, which he is renowned for falling asleep in during his treatment.
Mrs Griffiths thanked the St Andrew's staff for the care they provided.
"From both of us to all the staff, we just appreciate all of the staff," she said.
CEO Chris Went thanked nurses Lauren Silcock and Nicole Parkinson for their work operating the centre and providing quality services.
Ms Went also thanked oncologists Dr Paul Vasey and Dr Vikram Jain, who supported the centre since its opening.
"St Andrew's is proud to provide infusion and chemotherapy services to Ipswich and the surrounding community; enabling patients to receive care locally, so their lives aren't impacted through travel whilst receiving treatment."
Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillor Andrew Antoniolli presented the centre with an anniversary plaque.
Deborah McCourt, the centre's first patient, was invited to cut the anniversary cake which was followed by a round of applause from the centre's patients and staff.
St Andrew's Ipswich Hospital is owned by Ramsay Health Care.