A Yorkshire hospital trust is to pilot seven-day access to specialist nurses for cancer patients in need of urgent care.
The new extended service is being introduced by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust for cancer patients who become unwell or develop a new problem.
Patients presenting in Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s emergency department will have access to a specialist acute oncology nurse from 8.00am to 8.00pm, including Bank Holidays.
The trust said the nurse would attend the patient, assess and manage their condition and, where appropriate, coordinate a range of different experts in emergency and cancer care. It said the aim was to provide patients with faster care management, helping avoid unnecessary tests or investigations.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw lead cancer nurse Lesley Barnett said: “As cancer management becomes increasingly complex, moving to seven-day working means that patients and carers can have greater confidence in the care they receive every single day.”
The pilot scheme is being funded by Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group and will run until March 2014.
The trust’s acute oncology team has previously developed an electronic alert system for when known cancer patients present at its hospitals. It automatically contacts the team by text message and email so a specialist acute oncology nurse can visit the patient within an hour of arrival.
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