University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Care closer to home

We have a well established shared care system with our local district general hospitals at Poole, Dorchester, Salisbury, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Chichester, Guernsey and Jersey. Shared care allows a child to receive some treatment and care nearer to home.

Our consultants at the Piam Brown unit remain responsible for a child's care throughout their treatment and follow up. At each shared care unit, there is a named consultant and link nurse for the care of children with cancer. The children's community teams will do home visits to carry out blood tests and give support.

Our paediatric oncology outreach team are vital in the shared care system, as they liaise with health care professionals from the Piam Brown team and the community team, to ensure continuity of care.