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A Birmingham hospital trust has joined forces with a cancer charity to launch a fast-track service for sufferers of the disease. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is working with Macmillan Cancer Support to set up the Acute Oncology Service
It will deliver care to patients who might need emergency review or admission to hospital because of their cancer or their treatment’s side effects.
It will also support the work of other departments in the Trust’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston.
Emma Steele and Di Waldron are the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists leading the new service.
Emma said: 'The Acute Oncology Service at the QE will provide an emergency response service for patients with complications of cancer and its treatment who need urgent review or admission to hospital. We are very grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support for funding it for the first three years.'
'We will be working closely with the hospital’s Emergency Department and the plan is that people who need urgent review and admission to hospital as a result of their cancer, suspected cancer, or its treatment will be seen by a cancer specialist as soon as possible within 24 hours.'
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