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Patients continue to rate cancer care highly

Poole Hospital’s cancer services have once again been rated highly by patients, the latest national survey reveals.

A patient having chemotherapyThe trust has performed at or above the national average in the overwhelming majority of the 70 questions put to patients with cancer in the national cancer patient experience survey, commissioned by NHS England.

More than 500 respondents who had been treated at Poole Hospital completed the questionnaire, with 93 per cent rating their care as excellent or very good, five per cent higher than the national average.

Patients also put the trust in the top 20 per cent nationally in a range of other questions, including:

  • how sensitively patients were told they had cancer
  • the explanation of what was wrong
  • the ease with which a patient’s named nurse specialist could be contacted
  • providing understandable information and answering questions in a straightforward way
  • confidence in doctors and nurses
  • promoting dignity and respect
  • control of pain and
  • what to do once discharged from hospital

Andrea Moxham, matron for cancer services, said the survey is an important way of measuring how the trust is performing in this area.

“Hearing you have cancer is one of the most difficult things you can be told,” said Andrea.

“That’s why we have to get our care at this time absolutely right, and that the emotional support to the patient and their family matches the high standards we set for our clinical care.

“It is particularly gratifying to see that our patients have said that we work to promote dignity and respect, and that more than nine out of 10 would describe their care as excellent or very good.

“Whilst it is another positive report, and an important one, we are not complacent and continue to work hard to ensure the care all our patients receive is of the very highest standard.”

Date: 30 August

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