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Care for cancer patients rated highly in west Hampshire

Patients suffering from cancer in west Hampshire have rated the care they receive from the NHS as almost nine out of ten, according to an independent survey.

The latest National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, run by Quality Health on behalf of the NHS across England, has published its latest findings today.

Our CCG area received a higher response rate than the national average, with over 800 people with cancer responding from west Hampshire.

The survey also reveals that:

  • Almost eight of ten respondents said that they were definitely involved as much as they wanted to be in decisions about their care and treatment.
  • 97% of respondents said that hospital staff told them who to contact if they were worried about their condition or treatment after they left hospital.
  • When asked how easy or difficult it had been to contact their Clinical Nurse Specialist, almost nine out of ten respondents said that it had been ‘quite easy’ or ‘very easy’.

There is good news for the NHS across England, with over 80% of respondents giving positive responses to the survey.

Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. More information can be found on NHS Choices here:

Dr Sarah Schofield, local GP and Chairman of NHS West Hampshire CCG:

“The feedback we receive from our patients will help us to make further improvements to the cancer services in our area. Right now we are working with clinicians to make sure patients who are showing the signs and need urgent investigation get an appointment as soon as possible. We’re also working with local GPs so that we can help patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as quitting smoking and more exercise, which helps to lower the risk of cancer in later life.

“All of this is good news for the majority but, as with everything, there is still room for improvement. This feedback will help us to focus on specific areas where care can be even better.

“West Hampshire is one of the best parts of the country for cancer care. One year survival rates are higher than the national average and we want to see this improve even more. We are also fortunate that world leading research into cancer is taking place just down the road in Southampton.

“I’m pleased that many patients are telling us that they receive high quality care and help from clinicians at their GP practice, hospital and in the community. Nevertheless, at the CCG the work goes on to make sure people living in west Hampshire are the healthiest in England.”