Public invited to have their say on local cancer care

Posted: November 17, 2017

Give feedback at event on Thursday 30 November

Staff from the Great Western Hospital will be asking members of the public for their views on cancer care in Swindon at an event later this month. 

The feedback session, which is being jointly hosted by Macmillan and the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance, will be an opportunity for local people affected by the disease to discuss what's working well but also where improvements can be made. 

It will be held at the Jurys Inn hotel in Fleming Way on Thursday 30 November between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. 

Results from the most recent National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which gauges how cancer patients feel about the standard of their treatment, will be also shared on the night. 

More than 72,000 people took part in the 2016 survey, which showed the overwhelming majority of patients at GWH rated their care highly, with the hospital receiving an average score of 8.6 out of possible ten.

Elsewhere, the survey, which contained responses from 438 Swindon patients, revealed that more than three quarters of those being cared for at GWH thought they were seen as soon as necessary and that written information about their cancer was easy to understand. 

Lyndel Moore, Cancer Nurse Consultant, said: "Cancer is often the most difficult experience a person will ever go through in life, which is why it's so important for us, as clinicians, to know what we can do to make sure our service is one that really benefits patients. 

"In so many cases, cancer is not just a diagnosis, but something that can completely change a person's life, so it's a priority for us to really listen to our patients and understand how they are feeling.  

"The national cancer survey gives us a good idea of how we're performing but it's no substitute for actually getting out and meeting our patients, so we're really hopeful that lots of familiar faces will be able to join us on the night." 

Places at the event, which is free to attend, are limited and anyone thinking of coming along is encouraged to book their place in advance. 

People can register their attendance by clicking here.  

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