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Barwon Health / Cancer Services

(03) 4215 2700

Baxter Wing 6

Barwon Health's state-of-the-art 32 bed Oncology/Haematology Inpatient Unit (Baxter Wing 6) at University Hospital Geelong officially opened in 2015. Staff within the unit and community members played an integral role in the design and development of the facility.

The unit offers patients 24 single rooms with individual ensuites, and four double rooms with a shared ensuite. The facilities provide privacy and comfort for patients and their families. The unit also has a  relaxing outdoor area to be used by patients and their family members.

The unit prides itself on providing the people of Geelong and the surrounding Barwon South West region with exceptional medical and nursing care.

An extensive range of services and treatments are available to patients on the unit, in order to support patients and their families throughout their cancer experience.

Our staff

Our Oncology/Haematology Inpatient Unit provides patients with experienced staff, dedicated in their work of caring for patients, their families and carers during the cancer experience. Our staff are committed to providing first class care.

Our team includes:


  • Haematologists
  • Medical Oncologists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Medical Registrars and Residents
  • Cancer Nurse Managers
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Experienced Cancer Nurses
  • Graduate Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Allied Health staff including Physiotherapists Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Speech Therapists, Podiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Ward Clerks
  • Patient Service Assistants
  • Housekeepers
  • Consulting teams, including Palliative Care and Pain

What we do

Our unit offers an extensive range of acute clinical services to accommodate the needs of our patients, their families and carers. We work in partnership with the Andrew Love Cancer Centre in ensuring that patients in the Geelong and Barwon South West region receive appropriate, timely treatment and care. Our clinical expertise includes, but is not exclusive to, the following:

  • Chemotherapy administration including education and post treatment support
  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Administration of blood products
  • Care of patients with complex conditions
  • Symptom management
  • Pain control
  • Palliative Care
  • Infection prevention and management
  • Patient, family and carer education
  • Assessment, management and treatment of Haematological and Oncological emergencies

Unique to our unit - Our art therapy program


The development and implementation of our art therapy program for patients has been a hugely successful initiative. The program is supported by the Dry July Foundation and was developed as a cathartic activity for patients, a positive distraction from the clinical aspect of their hospital admission. 

The aim of the art program is to assist in alleviating anxiety, boredom, fear, frustration, sadness and stress for patients in the acute setting. It is with great pride that our unit offers this program to our patients with feedback overwhelmingly supportive with patients believing it contributes positively to their cancer experience.

After hours service

The Haematology Oncology Inpatient Unit provides an after hours support service for patients. During times of need outside of business hours, or on weekends/public holidays, patients are able to contact the unit for clinical advice relating to their cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. Patients are able to speak with an experienced cancer nurse who will offer guidance and direction. This service ensures all patients have access to specialised advice at all times.


We encourage a rest period for patients between 1.00pm to 2.30pm. 

Everyone entering Barwon Health sites are asked to use the pink hand hygiene pumps to clean their hands. By doing so you can help reduce the spread of infection.

Baxter Wing 6 is a protected ward so we ask visitors not to visit if they are unwell. 

We do not allow flowers on the ward as plants and soil may contain fungal spores that place patients at risk of infection.

To ensure Barwon Health provides a safe healthcare environment for patients, clients, residents, staff and visitors with a latex sensitivity and to prevent an allergic or anaphylactic reaction in these people, we ask visitors to play it safe and not bring in any balloons, unless they are latex free.

Getting here

Enter University Hospital Geelong via the main entrance (Level 3)  or Kardinia House entrance (level2) located on Bellerine Street. Take the central core lifts  to level 6. Follow signs to Baxter Wing 6.


Phone 24 hours: (03) 4215 2266 

Last Modified: Monday, 24 June 2019