Cancer care team rated among best

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Care of cancer patients has landed Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust a place in the top ten best performing trusts in England for the third year running.

The latest National Cancer Patient Experience survey asks patients about their care in treatment, how they were treated by doctors and nurses and their overall experiences.

Cancer services run by the trust in Northumberland have been constantly rated among the best, with a dedicated oncology unit at Wansbeck General Hospital.

Gill Starkey, lead cancer nurse at the trust, said: “Providing patients with first-class care is at the very heart of what our frontline teams deliver every day and it’s fantastic news that patients with cancer who we’ve looked after have given us such excellent and consistent feedback over the past three years.”

Brian Hedley, of Morpeth, received treatment after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

He said: “I cannot thank the staff at Wansbeck General Hospital enough – right from the moment I was diagnosed, the level of support, commitment and professionalism from every member of the team has been, and continues to be, outstanding.”