5 April 2013
A new Acute Oncology Service (AOS) pilot at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, funded by Macmillan, could help reduce A&E waiting times and provide a better hospital experience for cancer patients. The service, costing around £54,000 for 18 months, will include a specialist Macmillan nurse.
The AOS is aimed at improving the care and treatment of patients arriving at the hospital as an emergency due to previously undiagnosed cancers, reactions to cancer treatments or problems with advanced cancer-related symptoms.
The Macmillan Nurse, Sheree, will be the first point of call to support patients living with cancer and ensure they receive appropriate care and support. She will also raise awareness to staff in A&E about lesser known conditions which can be occur during treatment which will improve patient care.
Sheree said, ‘It can be quite daunting to come into hospital, especially if you’re not sure whether a cancer specialist will be there. It’s about getting to the patient straight away and asking relevant questions. Can we avoid them being admitted? Can we help them in the home? Can we direct the patient to the right people?’
Sheree adds, ‘Identifying patients early is extremely important. Reducing the length of stays for patients will benefit the hospital and the person living with cancer. A busy A&E isn’t the best place for people dealing with cancer, so we should be able to support them quicker, which means they can spend more time at home with loved ones. This service helps to provide relief and continuity of care for the patients. It will have a huge impact.’
Macmillan Cancer Support is 98% funded through voluntary donations. The charity is looking for local people to get behind them and help them to raise the funds they need for this and other services in Chesterfield.
Rob Turner, Macmillan Fundraising Manager in Chesterfield said, ‘We are looking for local people to help fund Sheree’s fantastic work in this area. Just £191 could fund a nurse like Sheree for a day, providing practical, emotional and financial support for people affected by cancer. We really need your support.’
For more information on how to get involved please call Rob Turner on 07545 419 725 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org