I WRITE concerning your story in Tuesday's edition concerning the Daffodil Cottage oncology pharmacist.
I attended a meeting at the hospital on Monday with the Health Service and Gen Croaker, a member of the Daffodil Cottage Advisory Council (DCAC), as am I.
Daffodil Cottage is protected by a memorandum of understanding with the then State Government which was signed in 2009 when the new hospital was built.
The document was signed by the minister, the mayor, myself, Mrs Croaker and others.
The DCAC meets monthly to advise the Health Service on the cottage. It recently raised the money for the extensions at the cottage.
It has undertaken several projects at the cottage, all for the betterment of patients and staff.
We were assured at Monday's meeting that recruitment was imminent for the position of oncology pharmacist and, until an appointment was made, some first round patients of chemotherapy, a small number, would need to travel to Orange to receive their first round.
As a former patient of the cottage I can assure your readers that your first round of chemotherapy is important to gauge your reaction to the drug.
The balance of your treatment can take place at the cottage until an appointment is made.
I have no reason to doubt the Health Service.
Paul Toole is also monitoring the situation and is clear in his statement of support and his ongoing security of the cottage is appreciated.
As long as Daffodil Cottage Advisory Council exists, I believe the cottage remains in good hands and is secure.
Fear not, patients, we are there for your journey and will arrange transport for those requiring it.
We know how much the cottage means to the people of Bathurst as a special place.