A SOIL turning ceremony marked the beginning last week of work on a new cancer care centre at The Bays Hospital, Mornington.
Once completed, the centre will include radiation therapy and procedure rooms, consulting suites, a wellness and education centre, research facilities for clinical trials and a garden.
“Having treatment locally available will mean family and friends will not need to travel significant distances to support patients during their treatment,” The Bays Healthcare Group CEO Jade Phelan said.
The group’s chairman Brett Gallagher said the cancer care centre “is the most significant project in more than 20 years”.
Phelan said a $10 million grant from the federal government “has allowed the project to come to life”.
The hospital says donations from the community are needed to complete the project.