All children with cancer have their care co-ordinated by a specialist multi disciplinary child cancer team based at either Christchurch Hospital (CHOC) or Starship Hospital (Starship Blood and Cancer Service). These two tertiary centres work closely with fourteen regional paediatric teams so that patients can receive as much of their care as close to home as is safely possible.
These specialist centres and regional teams work closely with supportive care organisations like Child Cancer Foundation, Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand, CanTeen and Ronald McDonald House who provide practical and emotional support and advice to patients and their families while they are at home, in hospital and in the community.
CHOC is one of two specialist treatment centres for child cancer in New Zealand. Patients are referred from throughout the South Island and the lower part of the North Island
Starship Blood and Cancer is one of the two specialist treatment centres for child cancer in New Zealand. Patients are referred from the
North Island from Cape Reinga to North of Wellington. It provides a national referral service for low volume high-technology aspects of care such as allogeneic stem cell transplants.
Starship and CHOC share care of patients with fourteen regional paediatric teams located at hospitals across the country:
Shared Care Centres can access a password protected summary of local services, resources and capability by clicking here.