Peggy Frankish at St Andrews Hopsital with nurses Ally Foad, Adell Reibelt and Donna McGuire.
Peggy Frankish at St Andrews Hopsital with nurses Ally Foad, Adell Reibelt and Donna McGuire. Inga Williams

How Peggy got her life back

FOR years Peggy Frankish was forced to travel to Brisbane for chemotherapy treatment to stop cancer developing from a rare disease that causes her blood cells die.

The 78-year-old Ipswich born and bred local has myelodysplastic syndrome and for two years she struggled making the journey to Brisbane for seven days every month.

But since St Andrew's Private Hospital started offering the treatment, Peggy has been able to have the care she needs five minutes from her home.

This month Peggy had her 44th treatment - two shots injected into her stomach - in the comfort of her own city, a right she believes every patient has.

"When I was travelling to Brisbane all the time I had no life," Peggy said,

"Sometimes the round trip could take six hours whereas here, on a good day I can be in and out in just one hour."

St Andrew's Hospital has been offering Ipswich patients similar treatments for more than two years at its Infusion Centre where residents can park for free and no wait for a chair.

For Peggy, who has been receiving the shots since November 2012, access to the service has been a huge relief.

"It wasn't the hospital that was the problem," Peggy said.

"It was the travel time, which really took it out of me, and the cost."

For more information about the centre phone 3816 9999.