Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic

Get To Know Our Trusted Team

Caring forPatients

 

Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic are a trusted team caring for patients with the latest advances in the field of Haematology and Oncology. We are passionate about providing quality and co-ordinated care with an emphasis on patient focus.

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Founder

 

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Dr John Reardon

Medical Oncologist & Clinical Haematologist (Retired)

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In 1998, responding to an unmet need, Dr Reardon together with his wife Sandra, founded and established the Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic at Cotton Tree. Since that time, the Clinic has become a highly-valued facility on the Sunshine Coast, consistently delivering quality care to patients with cancers and blood disorders in a non-threatening and friendly environment. John retired in 2020.

 
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Dr John Reardon

Medical Oncologist & Clinical Haematologist (Retired)

 

In 1998, responding to an unmet need, Dr Reardon together with his wife Sandra, founded and established the Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic at Cotton Tree. Since that time, the Clinic has become a highly-valued facility on the Sunshine Coast, consistently delivering quality care to patients with cancers and blood disorders in a non-threatening and friendly environment. John retired in 2020.

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Our Doctors

 

Dr Hong Shue

Medical Oncologist

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MBBS (Monash), FRACP

Dr Shue is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) with specialist qualifications in Medical Oncology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the management of pulmonary, gynaecologic and genitor-urinary malignancies.

Following his graduation from Monash University in 1995, Dr Shue completed the majority of his Physicians Training at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, with extensive exposure to both Medical Oncology (especially breast and gynaecologic malignancies) and Haematology.

Advanced training in Medical Oncology was subsequently undertaken at Royal Brisbane and Womens’, Princess Alexandra and Prince Charles Hospitals in Brisbane, together with a 12-month placement at Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic in 2009.

On completion of his advanced training, Dr Shue joined the team at Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic, commencing full-time private practice in 2012.

 
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Dr Hong Shue

Medical Oncologist

MBBS (Monash), FRACP

Dr Shue is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) with specialist qualifications in Medical Oncology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the management of pulmonary, gynaecologic and genitor-urinary malignancies.

Following his graduation from Monash University in 1995, Dr Shue completed the majority of his Physicians Training at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, with extensive exposure to both Medical Oncology (especially breast and gynaecologic malignancies) and Haematology.

Advanced training in Medical Oncology was subsequently undertaken at Royal Brisbane and Womens’, Princess Alexandra and Prince Charles Hospitals in Brisbane, together with a 12-month placement at Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic in 2009.

On completion of his advanced training, Dr Shue joined the team at Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic, commencing full-time private practice in 2012.

Dr Sorab Shavaksha

Clinical Haematologist

Sorab Shavakasha

MBChB (Leeds) FRACP FRCPA (2013)

Dr Sorab Shavaksha is a Clinical Haematologist in full-time private practice at SCHOC in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast since 2013. Having completed medical school at the University of Leeds in 2002, Sorab completed his junior doctor training in the NHS in West Yorkshire before emigrating to South-East Queensland in 2006 where he underwent further general medical training before being accepted onto the Queensland Haematology Advanced training programme. Sorab completed training in both clinical and laboratory haematology at Princess Alexandra and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2013 and shortly after getting married, moved up to the Sunshine Coast where he has been located with his wife and four children ever since.

Sorab prides himself on an honest and practical approach to haematology in the 21st century, taking state-of-the-art haematology research and trials information from around the world and fusing them into real-world outcomes for patients on the Sunshine Coast. Sorab interprets patient’s clinical symptoms and signs, integrates them with relevant investigations and formulates individual management plans that take into account every patient’s personal circumstances. No two patients are ever the same and you’ll be assured a holistic approach to assessment and treatment of your blood disorder based around your individual life goals.
Sorab is currently a member of several professional societies including the British Society of Haematology and the European Society of Haematology and sits on the board of the Medical Safety Committee for Montserrat Cancer Care.

Sorab treats all haematology conditions including malignant and non-malignant conditions with a focus on myeloma, lymphoma and leukaemias as well as myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplastic conditions and other rarer blood disorders. Sorab runs a dedicated intravenous iron service and can supervise infusions for non-haematological conditions such as monoclonal infusions and immunoglobulin therapy.

When not striving for excellence beating blood condtions, Sorab can be found at home with his young family or out in the hills and wild spaces of the Coast on his bike or on foot. He enjoys good music, reading and black and white photography. 

 

Dr Sorab Shavaksha

Clinical Haematologist

MBChB (Leeds) FRACP FRCPA (2013)

Dr Sorab Shavaksha is a Clinical Haematologist in full-time private practice at SCHOC in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast since 2013. Having completed medical school at the University of Leeds in 2002, Sorab completed his junior doctor training in the NHS in West Yorkshire before emigrating to South-East Queensland in 2006 where he underwent further general medical training before being accepted onto the Queensland Haematology Advanced training programme. Sorab completed training in both clinical and laboratory haematology at Princess Alexandra and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2013 and shortly after getting married, moved up to the Sunshine Coast where he has been located with his wife and four children ever since.

Sorab prides himself on an honest and practical approach to haematology in the 21st century, taking state-of-the-art haematology research and trials information from around the world and fusing them into real-world outcomes for patients on the Sunshine Coast. Sorab interprets patient’s clinical symptoms and signs, integrates them with relevant investigations and formulates individual management plans that take into account every patient’s personal circumstances. No two patients are ever the same and you’ll be assured a holistic approach to assessment and treatment of your blood disorder based around your individual life goals.
Sorab is currently a member of several professional societies including the British Society of Haematology and the European Society of Haematology and sits on the board of the Medical Safety Committee for Montserrat Cancer Care.

Sorab treats all haematology conditions including malignant and non-malignant conditions with a focus on myeloma, lymphoma and leukaemias as well as myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplastic conditions and other rarer blood disorders. Sorab runs a dedicated intravenous iron service and can supervise infusions for non-haematological conditions such as monoclonal infusions and immunoglobulin therapy.

When not striving for excellence beating blood condtions, Sorab can be found at home with his young family or out in the hills and wild spaces of the Coast on his bike or on foot. He enjoys good music, reading and black and white photography. 

Sorab Shavakasha

Dr Joshua Richmond

Clinical Haematologist

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MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, FRACP, FRCPA

Dr Joshua Richmond is a Clinical & Laboratory Haematologist who has recently commenced Private Practice at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, in addition to his Staff Specialist appointment at The Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital.

Joshua is a passionate and personable Haematologist who’s priorities center around providing his patients with the best possible care. This means a few key things:
• Understanding that each patient is a unique individual, but also part of a unique family unit. He is careful to ensure each patient receives thorough and professional care, and is allowed time to ask questions, and encourages open and clear communication.
• Having a strong focus on current best practice by keeping up to date with developments in the field of Haematology and participating in professional development and teaching.
• Developing and maintaining professional relationships with colleagues to offer consults or collaboration with the focus of providing the best patient centered care.

Josh completed his Medical Degree, with Honors, in 1998. Since then he has worked in various major public hospitals in South East Queensland. He completed his General Practitioners Fellowship in 2004 before returning to pursue his Physician’s Fellowship in 2005. In 2011 he completed his Clinical and Laboratory Fellowship in Haematology and then accepted a position at Toowoomba Base Hospital, allowing him to pursue work in both a clinical and laboratory capacity

With the lure of a sea change and an opportunity to give his three children a coastal lifestyle similar to his own childhood, Joshua is looking forward to developing a practice on the Sunshine Coast that will allow him to offer a full and comprehensive Haematology service locally.

 
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Dr Joshua Richmond

Clinical Haematologist

MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, FRACP, FRCPA

Dr Joshua Richmond is a Clinical & Laboratory Haematologist who has recently commenced Private Practice at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, in addition to his Staff Specialist appointment at The Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital.

Joshua is a passionate and personable Haematologist who’s priorities center around providing his patients with the best possible care. This means a few key things:
• Understanding that each patient is a unique individual, but also part of a unique family unit. He is careful to ensure each patient receives thorough and professional care, and is allowed time to ask questions, and encourages open and clear communication.
• Having a strong focus on current best practice by keeping up to date with developments in the field of Haematology and participating in professional development and teaching.
• Developing and maintaining professional relationships with colleagues to offer consults or collaboration with the focus of providing the best patient centered care.

Josh completed his Medical Degree, with Honors, in 1998. Since then he has worked in various major public hospitals in South East Queensland. He completed his General Practitioners Fellowship in 2004 before returning to pursue his Physician’s Fellowship in 2005. In 2011 he completed his Clinical and Laboratory Fellowship in Haematology and then accepted a position at Toowoomba Base Hospital, allowing him to pursue work in both a clinical and laboratory capacity

With the lure of a sea change and an opportunity to give his three children a coastal lifestyle similar to his own childhood, Joshua is looking forward to developing a practice on the Sunshine Coast that will allow him to offer a full and comprehensive Haematology service locally.

Dr Lydia Pitcher

Haematologist / Oncologist

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MBBS (Hons), BMedSc, FRACP, FRCPA

Dr Pitcher is a dual qualified Haematologist / Oncologist with Fellowships in both the College of Physicians (FRACP) and the College of Pathologists FRCPA). She has been involved in Paediatric Medicine for more than 20 years, with an increasing involvement in adult haematology and women’s health during the past 10 years

Graduating with honours in Medicine (MBBS) in 1987, Dr Pitcher undertook her initial post-graduate study of haematology in Queensland at the RBWH and Mater Hospitals. Advanced training was completed as an Honorary Registrar at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.

Dr Pitcher has been actively involved in research and medical ethics throughout her career with publications and presentations in the fields of malignant haematology, stem cell transplantation, molecular genetics of leukaemia and inherited stem cell disorder, haemophilia, paediatric thrombosis, neonatal blood disorders, aplastic anaemia, iron deficiency and late effects of therapy.

Her interests include the assessment of problems with blood counts (such as anaemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia), bleeding and clotting issues, thalassaemia, and the long term follow up of patients after chemotherapy and transplant for leukaemia or lymphoma (late effects of therapy). She has broad experience in the diagnosis and management of leukaemia and stem cell transplant

 

Dr Lydia Pitcher

Haematologist / Oncologist

MBBS (Hons), BMedSc, FRACP, FRCPA

Dr Pitcher is a dual qualified Haematologist / Oncologist with Fellowships in both the College of Physicians (FRACP) and the College of Pathologists FRCPA). She has been involved in Paediatric Medicine for more than 20 years, with an increasing involvement in adult haematology and women’s health during the past 10 years

Graduating with honours in Medicine (MBBS) in 1987, Dr Pitcher undertook her initial post-graduate study of haematology in Queensland at the RBWH and Mater Hospitals. Advanced training was completed as an Honorary Registrar at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.

Dr Pitcher has been actively involved in research and medical ethics throughout her career with publications and presentations in the fields of malignant haematology, stem cell transplantation, molecular genetics of leukaemia and inherited stem cell disorder, haemophilia, paediatric thrombosis, neonatal blood disorders, aplastic anaemia, iron deficiency and late effects of therapy.

Her interests include the assessment of problems with blood counts (such as anaemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia), bleeding and clotting issues, thalassaemia, and the long term follow up of patients after chemotherapy and transplant for leukaemia or lymphoma (late effects of therapy). She has broad experience in the diagnosis and management of leukaemia and stem cell transplant

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Tania Shaw

Massage Therapist

Tania Shaw

DipRM, CLT, OMT

Tania received her Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2006; later going on to qualify in Oncology Massage and Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy with internationally recognised providers of education when she recognised the need for appropriately trained professionals on the Sunshine Coast.

From 2008 to 2019 Tania worked with internationally renowned Oncology Massage Limited in several capacities:  Executive Manager, Course Facilitator – Student Coach and Mentor, Program Management and Coordination, Corporate Advocate, and now Specialist Advisor. A rewarding and challenging career path, and one that enriched Tania’s professional development.

Working daily with the unique experiences that Oncology Massage and Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy brings has brought a high level of awareness to Tania’s work, as well as building a profound knowledge base from which to draw upon. She has developed advanced rehabilitative techniques based on this experience and, working holistically, uses them for the management of lymphoedema and lipoedema, chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, scar mobilisation, range of movement difficulties and other issues that can arise from the treatment of cancer. Pre-existing issues are also considered when deciding upon an appropriate course of massage therapy.

Tania provides education around self-care to empower and facilitate well-being, an important factor in the therapeutic treatment process. To this end, she has co-created the LymphDIY resources: Lymphatic Drainage books and DVDs for those who have had lymph nodes removed or radiated.

Whilst she focuses on those who are living with the effects from treatment for cancer, Tania also offers her massage skills and services to family members and friends, as well as the Sunshine Coast community.

 

Tania Shaw

Massage Therapist

DipRM, CLT, OMT

Tania received her Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2006; later going on to qualify in Oncology Massage and Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy with internationally recognised providers of education when she recognised the need for appropriately trained professionals on the Sunshine Coast.

From 2008 to 2019 Tania worked with internationally renowned Oncology Massage Limited in several capacities:  Executive Manager, Course Facilitator – Student Coach and Mentor, Program Management and Coordination, Corporate Advocate, and now Specialist Advisor. A rewarding and challenging career path, and one that enriched Tania’s professional development.

Working daily with the unique experiences that Oncology Massage and Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy brings has brought a high level of awareness to Tania’s work, as well as building a profound knowledge base from which to draw upon. She has developed advanced rehabilitative techniques based on this experience and, working holistically, uses them for the management of lymphoedema and lipoedema, chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, scar mobilisation, range of movement difficulties and other issues that can arise from the treatment of cancer. Pre-existing issues are also considered when deciding upon an appropriate course of massage therapy.

Tania provides education around self-care to empower and facilitate well-being, an important factor in the therapeutic treatment process. To this end, she has co-created the LymphDIY resources: Lymphatic Drainage books and DVDs for those who have had lymph nodes removed or radiated.

Whilst she focuses on those who are living with the effects from treatment for cancer, Tania also offers her massage skills and services to family members and friends, as well as the Sunshine Coast community.

Tania Shaw

Sarah Higgins

Dietitian-Nutritionist

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BHSc (Nut&Diet), BLeisMgt, APD/AN

Sarah is an accredited Clinical Dietitian with 13 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical areas within the public and private health sectors in Bundaberg, Cairns and on the Sunshine Coast, with many of those years working in oncology and palliative care where her special interest lies.

Sarah was appointed to the role of Senior Dietitian for Cancer Services at Nambour General Hospital in 2007 and is currently Project Manager exploring alternative patient-centred model of care. Her passion for providing high quality, evidence based nutritional therapy for cancer patients was strengthened through a Cancer Council Study and Travel grant, which has led to her active involvement in planning and development of dietetics services on the sunshine coast.

Sarah enjoys working in a team environment and appreciates the value this brings to patient care. She draws on evidence-based nutrition science as the foundation of her consultations, incorporating this into the provision of practical nutrition advice aimed at managing symptoms and improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer.

Sarah enjoys a work-life balance spending valuable time with her husband and two daughters whilst working part-time. Sarah embraces the Sunshine Coast culture of a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating.

 
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Sarah Higgins

Dietitian-Nutritionist

BHSc (Nut&Diet), BLeisMgt, APD/AN

Sarah is an accredited Clinical Dietitian with 13 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical areas within the public and private health sectors in Bundaberg, Cairns and on the Sunshine Coast, with many of those years working in oncology and palliative care where her special interest lies.

Sarah was appointed to the role of Senior Dietitian for Cancer Services at Nambour General Hospital in 2007 and is currently Project Manager exploring alternative patient-centred model of care. Her passion for providing high quality, evidence based nutritional therapy for cancer patients was strengthened through a Cancer Council Study and Travel grant, which has led to her active involvement in planning and development of dietetics services on the sunshine coast.

Sarah enjoys working in a team environment and appreciates the value this brings to patient care. She draws on evidence-based nutrition science as the foundation of her consultations, incorporating this into the provision of practical nutrition advice aimed at managing symptoms and improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer.

Sarah enjoys a work-life balance spending valuable time with her husband and two daughters whilst working part-time. Sarah embraces the Sunshine Coast culture of a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating.

Jesse Goldfinch

Exercise Physiologist

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BClinExSc ESSAM AEP

Jesse is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Exercise Scientist and Exercise and Sports Science Australia Member. Jesse graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science in 2011.

Jesse is the Principal Exercise Physiologist at the Sunshine Coast Haematology & Oncology Clinic in Buderim. He has a big interest in implementing exercise as a treatment strategy to help with chronic conditions for all ages, specialising in exercise for cancer clients. Jesse believes exercise should be an adjunct therapy when going through cancer treatment, as it plays a crucial role in reducing the side effects pre, during and post cancer care. In conjunction with his work at SCHOC, Jesse is also the Director of MyEP- Clinical Exercise Physiology, with clinics located throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Jesse has experience working with clients of all ages, professions and sporting backgrounds. Whether it’s surfing the breaks along the Sunshine Coast coastline or general fitness, Jesse lives and breathes movement.

‘If exercise was a pill, it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet.’

 

Jesse Goldfinch

Exercise Physiologist

BClinExSc ESSAM AEP

Jesse is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Exercise Scientist and Exercise and Sports Science Australia Member. Jesse graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science in 2011.

Jesse is the Principal Exercise Physiologist at the Sunshine Coast Haematology & Oncology Clinic in Buderim. He has a big interest in implementing exercise as a treatment strategy to help with chronic conditions for all ages, specialising in exercise for cancer clients. Jesse believes exercise should be an adjunct therapy when going through cancer treatment, as it plays a crucial role in reducing the side effects pre, during and post cancer care. In conjunction with his work at SCHOC, Jesse is also the Director of MyEP- Clinical Exercise Physiology, with clinics located throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Jesse has experience working with clients of all ages, professions and sporting backgrounds. Whether it’s surfing the breaks along the Sunshine Coast coastline or general fitness, Jesse lives and breathes movement.

‘If exercise was a pill, it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet.’

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Administration Team

 

Our experienced administration team are trained to efficiently assist our patients with all clerical duties. Our friendly administration team are available to with any queries, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Tasmin Anderson

Business Manager

After completing a business degree, Tasmin has worked within the health industry in a variety of management roles. Tasmin joined the SCHOC team in early 2020 and is responsible for all operational and business development functions of the clinic. Tasmin is passionate about providing the best quality service and care to our patients, to ensure that optimal outcomes are achieved.

 

Tasmin Anderson

Business Manager

After completing a business degree, Tasmin has worked within the health industry in a variety of management roles. Tasmin joined the SCHOC team in early 2020 and is responsible for all operational and business development functions of the clinic. Tasmin is passionate about providing the best quality service and care to our patients, to ensure that optimal outcomes are achieved.

Tasmin Anderson

Kim McCullough

Clinical Manager

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Kim initially trained in New Zealand as a Registered Nurse with a Diploma of Comprehensive Nursing in 1989. After moving to Australia in 1990, Kim was introduced to Oncology Nursing at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. After some overseas travel, Kim returned to Australia where she worked at the Mater Adult Hospital in Brisbane and completed their hospital-based Cancer Nursing and Chemotherapy Handling Course.

During her childhood Kim lived by the ocean and felt the need to return, so settled on the Sunshine Coast after completing her Bachelor of Nursing at the Australia Catholic University. She started working at the Sunshine Coast Haematology & Oncology Clinic as a Registered Nurse in 1998. Kim quickly moved into a Clinical Manager role, and more recently as a Clinical Business Manager. Over this time, Kim has completed a Health Managers Course 2003 in Brisbane and Infection Control Course 2009 at the Princess Alexander Hospital Brisbane.

Kim has over 27 years’ experience in cancer nursing and throughout this period has been involved in clinical trials in collaboration with University of the Sunshine Coast, the successful application and facilitation for a McGrath Breast Care Nurse on the Sunshine Coast and student facilitation with University’s across Queensland.

 
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Kim McCullough

Clinical Manager

Kim initially trained in New Zealand as a Registered Nurse with a Diploma of Comprehensive Nursing in 1989. After moving to Australia in 1990, Kim was introduced to Oncology Nursing at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. After some overseas travel, Kim returned to Australia where she worked at the Mater Adult Hospital in Brisbane and completed their hospital-based Cancer Nursing and Chemotherapy Handling Course.

During her childhood Kim lived by the ocean and felt the need to return, so settled on the Sunshine Coast after completing her Bachelor of Nursing at the Australia Catholic University. She started working at the Sunshine Coast Haematology & Oncology Clinic as a Registered Nurse in 1998. Kim quickly moved into a Clinical Manager role, and more recently as a Clinical Business Manager. Over this time, Kim has completed a Health Managers Course 2003 in Brisbane and Infection Control Course 2009 at the Princess Alexander Hospital Brisbane.

Kim has over 27 years’ experience in cancer nursing and throughout this period has been involved in clinical trials in collaboration with University of the Sunshine Coast, the successful application and facilitation for a McGrath Breast Care Nurse on the Sunshine Coast and student facilitation with University’s across Queensland.

Nursing Team

 

Our dedicated and professional team of nursing staff care for patients throughout their treatment journey. All of our nursing staff are Registered Nurses with oncology, chemotherapy administration training and experience. Our nursing staff ensure that people understand their treatment and take the time to listen to problems that people may be experiencing and work with them to eliminate or lessen these issues.  

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CateringTeam

 
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Morning tea, afternoon tea or lunch is provided to our patients whilst visiting our day hospital for treatment. The culinary delights are a highlight of peoples visits to the Clinic. Freshly brewed coffee, a selection of teas and fruit juices together with gourmet sandwiches, cheese platters, and sweet and savoury refreshments, are enjoyed as people undergo their treatment.