Cancer patient improvements

Friday 17 August 2012


Nurse, patient and visitor in the cancer day unit treatment area

Our cancer patients are getting better information about their cancer treatment, being treated with dignity and having a better choice of treatment according to the latest survey.

The results of the inpatient cancer survey - published today by the Department of Health - shows us as one of the ten most improved in the country.

88% of the cancer patients surveyed rated their overall care as either excellent or very good.

Since last survey in 2011, there has been investment in a new cancer and haematology day unit and in new technology, in addition to more staff training.

Comparing the results with the previous survey, patients rated highly that they are receiving better written information; their questions are being answered; they are being treated with dignity and respect and they are being given clear information when they leave hospital.

Commenting on the survey, Dr Majid Kazmi, Clinical Director for cancer said:

"Over the last few years we have invested in new facilities and technology, including a new cancer day unit and electronic patient notes.

"We are delighted that these measures, along with improvements to how we run our clinics, how staff communicate with patients and a major effort to reduce waiting times, are making a real difference to our patients.

"We are obviously pleased with today's results, which show some significant improvements, and my thanks go to all the staff who have helped to change how we work. As the survey indicates, there are still areas where we could do better and we are working hard to address these."

Last updated: August 2012

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