Four nurses who provide vital tailor-made packages of care for breast cancer patients at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been “adopted” by Macmillan Cancer Support.
The accolade follows strict quality assessments of the breast cancer service provided by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as well as the nurses’ competencies and practise.
There are now currently five nurses who have been adopted by Macmillan providing one-to-one care for breast cancer patients across the trust’s hospitals.
They are Lisa Hall and Maxine Woollin, who work at Scunthorpe General Hospital, and Ann Thorne and Jill Dunthorne, who work at Grimsby’s Diana Princess of Wales Hospital. Barbara Chaplin is already a Macmillan adopted nurse.
As adopted nurses, the team will have access to additional training and support to ensure they continue to meet the very high standards Macmillan expects.
Breast Unit Manager Rachel Cubbison said: “I am immensely proud of the nurses and the service we provide. It is no easy task being adopted by Macmillan as the process is exhausting and stringent to ensure we meet the very high standards they expect.
“It shows we are providing a high-quality service for local women who are going through the difficult journey of breast cancer.”
The team deal with an average of 350 patients a year. It is currently working on is writing a set of minimum standards.
Ms Hall said: “This is basically an outline and a commitment from the breast care team as to what a patient can expect from the service from diagnosis, through treatment and discharge.
“Our patients are crucially important to us and we aim to provide a person-focused service which provides timely, professional and effective support, advice and care.”