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St Helens and Whiston Hospitals earn praise for cancer care
8:49am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
CANCER care at St Helens and Whiston Hospitals is among the best in the country, according to the results of a survey.
Macmillan Cancer Trust revealed St Helens and Knowsley NHS Teaching Hospitals has been named the top performing acute trust in Merseyside.
The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2013 showed patients treated at St Helens and Whiston hospitals were happiest with the quality of care they received during their ordeal.
The trust, voted seventh in the country overall, has Lilac Centre for outpatients at St Helens and an oncology unit at Whiston.
Ann Marr, chief executive of the hospitals, said: “It is vital that patients feel supported at such a difficult time, and we do everything we can to ensure they have access to the right treatment, at the right time, provided by our teams of experts.”
The survey measured areas of performance, such as method and risks of all tests and the level of involvement patients felt they had when it came to making decisions about their care.
St Helens and Whiston patients reported feeling able to openly discuss their fears and concerns about treatment, and that their views were taken seriously by staff.
They also trusted all doctors and nurses on their ward and felt there were plenty of nurses on duty during their stay.
Although about half of NHS Trusts in England had improved quality of care for cancer patients, a third made no progress or had dropped standards.
Fay Scullion, general manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in northern England, said: “We congratulate St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for achieving some of the best results in the recent patient experience survey.
“We know the support and care people receive is as important as their actual treatment, and can make all the difference between coping with cancer and finding it a real struggle.”
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