The Members’ event held in early April gave us an opportunity to update members on the cancer services we provide at both Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals.
Chairman, Aileen McLeish welcomed everyone to the event.
Sarah Burton, Lead Cancer Clinician and Lead Nurse Cancer and Palliative Care gave an overview of the cancer services at Ashford and St Peter’s.
Cate Gray, Research Divisional Lead (Oncology and Surgery) talked about the research being carried out to help cancer patients, including the development of new drugs, medical devices, surgical procedures, clinical trials and other interventions.
Next to present were Terri Hess, Lead Urology Clinical Nurse and Vicky Powell, Senior Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) about the benefits of having a new Urology Centre at St Peter’s, providing urology patients with care that is safe, streamlined, cost effective, resourceful and in a specialised self-contained unit.
Faithe Cockroft, Cancer Nurse Specialist, talked about the Acute Oncology Service which gives cancer patients with acute cancer conditions access to specialist oncology advice, provides an expert oncological assessment within 24 hours (Mon-Fri) and a single advice route to all clinicians. This enables admissions to be avoided, length of stay to be reduced, oncological expertise can be provided to support both the patients and their families and avoid unnecessary investigations.
Emma Bond, Nurse Manager Ashford Infusion Suite talked about the benefits of the new chemotherapy service and having the Infusion Suite at Ashford Hospital. Local breast cancer patients are now able to receive specialist care and chemotherapy treatments closer to home rather than having to travel to Guildford or London for treatment. The Fountain Centre supports the service offering cancer patients advice, counselling and a huge range of complementary therapies.
Patient feedback has highly rated the patient experience and the difference the service has made to patients’ abilities to cope with treatment. The next step is to expand their service further to offer the service to other tumour groups.
There was also a short update given on the proposed merger with The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at the end of the session from Bob Peet, Director of Strategic Development.
Feedback from the 80+ attendees highlighted how interesting and informative they found the event.
We were live tweeting throughout the event using #ASPHCancer. We will be looking to continue to live tweet during future Members’ events. Follow us @ASPHFT.
Representatives from CREST, Bridget Trust, Improving Cancer Care Action Group (ICCAG) and ABC also provided information about their services on the day.