Leading cancer charity figures to visit hospital trust

Leading figures from Macmillan Cancer Support will visit Southampton General Hospital later today (Monday) to find out more about the achievements of services which are supported by the charity.

Lynda Thomas, chief executive, and Dr Fran Woodard, director of policy and impact, will meet Alison Keen, head of cancer nursing at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, before touring the hospital.

Their visit will take in the Macmillan acute oncology service, an initiative developed and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support in partnership with UHS which provides emergency assessment and care for people having treatment for cancer 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The team offers emergency telephone triage, advice, assessments and treatment to people who need urgent care as a result of their treatment and works closely with other hospital departments to ensure any patient who has a confirmed or suspected cancer diagnosis but is admitted for another reason is seen by a cancer specialist within 24 hours.

Since 2011, it has evolved from a Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm resource with six staff who handled 150 calls a month, to a 24/7 operation with 28 staff dealing with an average of 480 calls a month.

The guests will then move onto the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a service set up in 2005 to offer people opportunities to talk, access to support groups and help with practical matters.

The centre, which has a manager, coordinator, 20 volunteers and 14 complementary therapists, received the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark in 2010 for excellence in providing a comforting setting and level of information for patients and their families.

Ms Keen said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Lynda and Fran to come and meet our staff and see these excellent services in operation.

“Our partnerships with Macmillan have enabled us to enhance the services we provide for cancer patients and we are pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our work.”

Posted on Monday 20 June 2016