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Date: 11 December 2023
St Mary’s Hospital is a designated Cancer Unit and is part of the Wessex Strategic Clinical Network. The Trust benefits from strong links with two cancer centres: Southampton University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
St Mary’s Hospital does not have a specific inpatient oncology ward but does provide an outpatient chemotherapy service. There are 2 resident full time Haematologists with all other oncology support being delivered by visiting oncologists from the cancer centres. Some surgical activity is undertaken locally by the relevant Multi Disciplinary Teams where surgery is common and non complex. Complex surgery is referred to the appropriate cancer centre for treatment and all radiotherapy is given at the cancer centres.
The Cancer Services Department at St Mary’s Hospital consists of the Cancer Management Team; Mr M Nelson, Lead Clinician, Diane Adams (Cancer Manager) and Anne Snow (Lead Cancer Nurse). The Cancer Pathways Administration Team is led by Wendy Hanson.
The clinical nurse specialists are:-
Multidisciplinary Teams for each tumour site meet weekly. They discuss treatment plans for individual patients diagnosed with cancer and each team has a dedicated Clinical Nurse Specialist for personalised care. They work with other team members to ensure that the best possible care is given; linking with Wessex Cancer Trust (Newport Office).
All nurse specialists are contactable Monday – Friday via the above numbers or by phoning switch board 01983 822099. They are able to give support, advice/information and practical help with regard to investigation, treatment and follow up care.
All patients travelling to the cancer centres for chemo/radiotherapy are given written and verbal information with regard to travel, claims and accommodation available whilst they are receiving mainland treatment.
The Trust supports local Cancer Support Groups which meet regularly. These groups contribute to the planning and assessment of local services and members are greatly valued.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust continues to engage at network level to ensure the configuration of services and patient pathways are in keeping with National Guidance. The physical barrier of our geographical isolation remains a challenge, however; the Trust is resolute to ensure appropriate services are delivered locally.