Top marks for Rotherham Hospital's cancer team

By Dave Doyle | 04/09/2017

Top marks for Rotherham Hospital's cancer team
Rotherham Hospital

CANCER patients have given Rotherham Hospital the thumbs up for treatment again.

They rated Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust highly in the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2016, completed by 73,000 people nationwide.

Rotherham Hospital received some of the highest marks in England, maintaining a strong position from 2015.

Its overall rating of 8.8 out of ten is comparable with national leading cancer centres, like the Christie in Manchester and London’s Royal Marsden.

Four fifths of respondents said they were definitely involved as much as they wanted in decisions about their care.

And 98 per cent said they were given the name of a clinical nurse specialist who would support them through their treatment.

When asked how easy it was to contact their specialist, 92 per cent said it was “quite easy” or “very easy”.

Nine tenths said they were always treated with dignity and respect while they were in hospital.

And 99 per cent said hospital staff told them who to contact if they were worried about their condition or treatment after leaving hospital.

Rotherham also does well at meeting treatment time targets — nearly 88 per cent are seen within the target time of 62 days, ranking it 29th of 154 trusts in England.

Cancer director Dr Vicky Athey said: “This is another strong performance from the trust, which has an excellent record in treating patients with cancer.

“The cancer services management team would like to thank all staff for their hard work and continuing efforts.”

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