30 November 2015
Collette, Terri and Sarah are the team behind the Chemotherapy Navigator service
Macmillan Cancer Support and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust have announced the extension of the innovative Chemotherapy Navigator service, following a successful pilot at Heartlands Hospital.
Sarah Ward, the new Chemotherapy Navigator at Good Hope Hospital, is joining Colette Pinfield and Terri Collins - the existing team at Heartlands - to ensure people undergoing chemotherapy treatment across the Trust receive the highest standard of care and support.
Sarah says: ‘I am thrilled to join the team and be a part of Macmillan. It opens up a wealth of knowledge both for me and for the people I support. Terri, Collette and I are the first point of contact for people having chemotherapy and we provide a variety of support to them and their families, from helping them to access relevant information about side effects of treatment, to making sure their care and their appointments are coordinated, and signposting them to other cancer services to ensure they have access to the support they need.’
Recent analysis by Macmillan shows that a quarter of people living with cancer struggle to manage its emotional impact, with many facing sleep problems, nightmares, fear and anxiety as a result of diagnosis.
Collette, Terri and Sarah help ensure people don’t have to face this alone by discussing what is worrying them and signposting them to other relevant services, including support groups, local Walking for Health groups, and the Macmillan Benefits Service at Birmingham Citizens Advice.
Fiona Taylor, Macmillan Development Manager for Birmingham, says: ‘We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to the team. To be able to expand the service is a testament to the positive impact the Chemotherapy Navigators have had at Heartlands in improving the experience of people affected by cancer. Patients are receiving their treatment in a timely manner, have a streamlined journey and ultimately spend less time on the chemotherapy unit and more time with their families at home.’