Letter to Head & Neck Cancer Patients
As the country is in Alert Level 4, our hospitals are changing the way that they operate in
anticipation of increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients requiring hospital care. Some
outpatient activities and elective surgeries have been cancelled.
I want to reassure you that head and neck cancer treatment is classed as urgent. Procedures,
clinics, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, imaging and lab testing for head and neck cancer will
Follow-up assessment after treatment is likely to be by phone rather than in the clinic for many
patients, with the option for video-conference with a doctor if necessary.
Domain Lodge remains open and available to accommodate patients who need to be away from
home for treatment. Transport arrangements will still be available for patients needing to travel.
Head and neck cancer clinicians from across the Northern region (Counties Manukau,
Waitemata, Auckland and Northland DHBs) are working together to plan for what might happen
next as the situation evolves. We are being guided by the National Cancer Agency, the Ministry
of Health and Incident Management Teams to ensure a consistent approach.
Throughout this time one of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultants will be in
touch with you, to check how you are doing.
Your on-going welfare and wellbeing is our priority. If you have any concerns or questions,
please contact your local Clinical Nurse Consultant.
Dr Wilbur Farmilo
Clinical Lead for the Northern Region Head & Neck Cancer Oversight Group