Radiation Therapy (Oncology) - Accommodation and transport
Cancer Society's Lions Lodge
The Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge or "the lodge" is available for patients who are travelling from around the region to Hamilton to receive cancer treatment.
When you come to the department for Simulation and Planning you will be offered the opportunity to stay at the lodge if you qualify.
If you choose to stay, further information on the lodge will be sent to you prior to your treatment. This accommodation is only available for patients.
- There is no charge for accommodation or meals at the lodge while
you are undergoing radiation treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre.
A variety of leisure activities are available including:
- There is regular vehicle transport to and from the hospital for
treatment appointments. People are also able to drive themselves or walk
to and from the hospital if they wish.
- All bedrooms are ensuited, and contain a wardrobe unit, a bed and a comfortable chair.
- Free nutritious meals are provided in the shared dining room. Tea
and coffee making facilities are available at all times. Lunch is not
provided on Mondays and Fridays, however the lodge is in close proximity
to Hamilton city and its many cafes and restaurants.
- The lodge facilities are open from 8:30am Monday to 12 noon Friday.
- A prescription service is available. Please indicate if you have a High User or Community Services card.
You will need to pack:
- Emailing friends and family
- Reading in the library
- Watching television
- Playing card games or using the computer
- Playing the piano
- Helping to prepare meals
- Visiting Hamilton city for shopping, to see a movie or relax in a cafe or restaurant
- Clothing for one week
- Personal items
- King single or double sheets and pillowcases
- Bathmats, towels and facecloth
- Anything else you need to make your stay more comfortable,
including laptop computers, cellphones and portable radio or music
- Car parking is available for guests at the lodge.
Visit the Cancer Society website
Ward M5 - Haematology and Oncology
Our Oncology inpatient services are provided through Ward M5 located in Menzies Building at Waikato Hospital. The ward has a capacity of 25 beds, including a bone marrow transplant suite.
Patients may be required to be admitted during their chemotherapy as well if they are unable to care for themselves during radiation treatment.
Your doctor will request an admission if required.
Where can my support person stay?
- Hilda Ross House provides accommodation for individuals and families.
- For information on rates, accommodation subsidies, guest services and booking a room at Hilda Ross House please phone (07) 839 8644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Te Whare Taurima (House of Hospitality) provides a short term, low cost accommodation service for whanau/family from outside the Hamilton region who are supporting a patient in Waikato Hospital. It is available for all ethnic groups but is managed under a Maori Kaupapa philosophy with respect to Tikanga Maori Practices.
- Bookings for Te Whare Taurima can be made through Hilda Ross House between the hours of 8.30am and 10.30pm seven days per week or via our Kaitiaki service during normal business hours. Access is dependant on whanau/family meeting the booking criteria and the availability of beds.
Cancer Society Volunteer Drivers
Volunteer drivers are available to transport people with cancer living in Hamilton to and from treatment or specialist appointments at Waikato hospital. 24 hours notice is required and there is no charge for this service. Throughout the region transport may also be organised using rural volunteers local trusts, shuttle bus services and other methods.
For more information please contact:
- the volunteer driver coordinator on (07) 838 8899 extension 23413 or
- Cancer Society Office on (07) 838 2027
St John Health Shuttle
Provides transport to and from your appointments at hospital for those with health or mobility problems. A donation is requested to help meet the running costs of this service. 24 hours notice is required for this service.Tauranga Coastline Shuttles
are available to provide transport to and from your appointment at Health Waikato. This is a user pays service; however those travelling to Waikato Hospital appointments may be eligible to have part or all of the fare paid by the Department of Health. 48 hours notice is required for this service.