Hospital trust gets the thumbs-up from cancer patients

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CANCER patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital have voted Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust one of the most-improved in the country.

Health watchdog Quality Health surveyed more than 600 patients treated at QA between September and November last year as part of a National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.

More than 90 per cent of them rated the care they received as either excellent or very good.

Ursula Ward is chief executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital. She said: ‘This is a real accolade to all of our teams who look after patients with cancer from diagnosis through to treatment and, sadly for some, to palliative care.

‘Two of the areas where PHT has particularly excelled in include providing information and advice about side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment and who to contact if patients are worried post-discharge.

‘This great result demonstrates our trust values and will provide reassurance to patients and their families of the high standard of care and support we will strive to deliver at all times.’

Ms Ward said the hospital was working to improve its cancer services through a ‘cancer improvement plan’.

Portsmouth Hospitals head of nursing for cancer services Liz Hall said: ‘We’re delighted to be one of the most significantly improved trusts in the country for cancer patient experience, with year-on-year improvement since 2010.

‘This is endorsed in the league table of hospital performance published by Macmillan Cancer Support.’

based on research commissioned by NHS England.’