Cancer care one of ‘best in country’

Patients’ experiences of receiving care for cancer in Northumberland are among the best in the country.

Northumberland Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust came sixth in a league table measuring patient experience across England, according to results from Macmillan Cancer Support, based on research commissioned by NHS England.

It is the fourth successive year that Northumbria Healthcare has been named in the top ten for the survey, a ringing endorsement for the specialist teams who care for people in hospital.

The league table compares the performance of hospitals based on measures of patients’ experiences while being treated in hospital such as: whether their diagnosis and treatment options were explained clearly to them; whether they felt supported in their care; and whether they felt they were treated with respect.

Macmillan said it believes patient experience is as vital as treatment to a cancer patient’s quality of life.

Gill Starkey, lead cancer nurse at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that once again we have been named among the best for cancer patient experience.

“We are passionate about ensuring every one of our patients receives the highest quality of care and a first-class experience and this latest accolade reflects the dedication of our hard-working teams.”