Cancer Wellbeing Event

Cancer patients give thumbs up to SWBH NHS Trust

THE results of the Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2014 by Quality Health are in and 87% of patients surveyed about their treatment from Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust have rated their care as excellent or very good.

Significant improvements from previous years were seen in the number of nursing staff on duty and shortened waiting time for treatment. The trust also scored highly on enabling access to support groups and financial assistance for patients and in communication with GPs about patients’ progress on treatment. Written information was greatly improved, enabling patients to more easily understand their diagnosis and treatment options.

Jenny Donovan, Cancer Services Manager at the Trust explained: “We are pleased to have scored highly in some key areas, but still have improvements to make. This is a good set of results and we are proud of the progress we have made since we received last years’ results. Our aim is to stay on course with our improvement plan and strive for consistency across the delivery of our service. For us, every interaction counts and we will continue to ensure we get it right first time, every time.”

As teaching hospitals, the Trust found that more patients are participating in research with advertising of research opportunities across site being good, however opportunities are missed as participation in clinical research trials is not routinely discussed with every patient.

Jenny added: “This is something we will be seeking to improve, so patients will be advised of every option available to them to take part in research trials to learn more about effective treatments for their cancer.”

The Trust is also preparing to host their 3rd Cancer Wellbeing Event at The Hawthorns ground on 4th October. The event aims to provide access to wellbeing advice and support for up to 300 local people (and their carers) who are living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis. Jenny said: “We are going all out this year to make sure this event is ‘top of the pops’ for our cancer patients.

“Previous wellbeing events have gone down really well and are thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend. As well as a two course lunch, there will be a whole range of wellbeing activities for attendees to try including pamper therapies, relaxation, tai chi and laughter yoga. A host of local cancer support organisations will be on hand to offer personalised wellbeing guidance and support.”

The event is to be opened by Clinical Oncologist Dr Spooner with the Trust’s cancer choir in attendance to provide an uplifting performance.

“This is a partnership between ourselves, our patients, and the local cancer wellbeing community. We recognise that our patients have been through so much, this is an opportunity for us all to come together to share and celebrate their journeys whether they are still in treatment or living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis.

“We all know the benefits of positive wellbeing both in terms of supporting recovery and in improving general health and this amazing event aims to offer patients and their carers the opportunity to sample these all under one roof.  We hope patients will leave feeling more positive, with a better understanding of the benefits of good wellbeing and what it means to them. We also hope they will have made some new friends along the way,” Jenny added.

If you know a patient with a diagnosis of cancer or treatment from Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, let them know about the event so they can come along. To book a place contact Cancer Services on 0121 507 2618.