Staying at the Lodge
The Cancer Society's Lions Lodge is close to the Waikato Regional Cancer Centre and Hamilton central city. The Lodge provides a relaxing and friendly environment for people to enjoy while undergoing cancer treatment.
Who can stay at the Cancer Society's Lions Lodge?
If you are receiving active cancer treatment at the Waikato Regional Cancer Centre at Waikato Hospital you may be eligible for free accommodation at the Lodge. If the Lodge is right for you, your specialist will discuss this accommodation option when your treatment is being planned.
Can my support person or dependents stay with me?
The Cancer Society may be able to provide accommodation for you and your caregiver or dependents during your treatment. However, we only have a limited number of self-catering twin rooms and family units available. These are allocated on a needs basis and must be confirmed by the Lodge Manager before your stay. Please contact us for further information.
How do I make a referral or reservation?
If the Lodge is right for you, your specialist will discuss this accommodation option when your treatment is being planned.
How much does it cost to stay at the Lodge?
There is no charge for accommodation or meals at the Cancer Society's Lions Lodge while you are undergoing treatment at the Waikato Regional Cancer Centre.
What facilities and services are available at the Lodge?
All single rooms at the Lodge are king-single ensuite bedrooms which contain a wardrobe unit, a comfortable chair, and tea and coffee making facilities.There are also a number of self-catering twin rooms and family units available for people who need a support person or have dependents. Motel-style accommodation is available for guests from the Tairawhiti region.
Delicious, nutritious meals are provided for guests in the shared dining room. Our cook can cater to your dietary needs, including soft diets. You will need to call us to discuss your dietery needs before your stay.
For those staying in our self-catering rooms or family units, your support person will need to prepare meals. Or, if you prefer, we are able to provide access to a range of frozen meals at cost price.
Tea and coffee making facilities are available at all times. Lunch is not provided on Fridays.
Transport to treatment
The Lodge provides a free shuttle to take guests to and from their treatment and appointments at the hospital. Alternatively, you can walk to treatment or take your own transport.
While you are responsible for managing your own medication, a daily prescription service is available so you can order new or repeat medication to be delivered directly to you at the Lodge.
The Lodge has guest laundry facilities available at a small charge.
On-site parking is available for guests at the rear of the Lodge.
What should I bring with me?
You will need to bring:
- clothing for one week including suitable indoor footwear or slippers
- personal items
- sheets and pillowcases - king single or double
- bathmats, towels and a facecloth
- anything else you need to make your stay more comfortable, such as a personal DVD player
- If you have particular medical requirements such as personal oxygen, please discuss this with us before your stay.
Can I stay the weekend?
No. The Cancer Society's Lions Lodge facilities are open from 8.00am Monday to 12pm Friday. If you are returning the following week you are welcome to leave your personal possessions in your room.
However, the Tairawhiti/Gisborne guests are welcome to stay in the motel-style units which are externally accessible.
For more information about the Cancer Society's Lions Lodge contact us.