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23 March 2006 at 14:38
A recent independent review of the cancer services provided by the Trust recommended “that this NHS Trust be used as an exemplar practice in its overall approach to the cancer services agenda and palliative care in particular.”

The independent review was part of a National Peer Review Programme, which aims to improve care for people with cancer and their families. It looks at the way the Trust ensures services are as safe as possible, at how we improve the quality and effectiveness of the care we provide and how we improve the patient and carer experience. The Review Programme undertakes independent, fair reviews of services providing development and learning for all involved and encourages the sharing of good practice.

Chris Sheridan, Manager of Cancer Services at the Trust said, “It is always encouraging when outsiders compliment the services we provide, but it is particularly pleasing when it is other health professionals from outside the area who undertake the review. It is also good for our patients to know that they are receiving a quality service, so much so that our practices are being recommended to others as the way to provide services. Only ourselves and one other hospital in the area received such a recommendation in this review.”

The review concluded that overall results for our Trust are extremely good and that there are very good local relationships covering both primary and secondary care and user involvement. It also found that within the clinical and crosscutting multidisciplinary teams and services, there is clear leadership within the Trust. We were also commended for its senior clinical and managerial engagement with cancer services. Finally it concluded that there were no immediate risks identified and that there were numerous examples of good practice.

Both Southport & Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk & District General Hospital offer purpose built accommodation to our patients where a comprehensive range of clinical services is available. Our Cancer Unit provides diagnosis, treatment and care and we work in close partnership with other services with Merseyside – Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, the Cardiothoracic Centre and Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

Every patient that is referred by his or her GP with a suspected cancer will be seen by a specialist within two weeks in line with the Government’s target. Their diagnosis and treatment will be fully managed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a Lead Clinician, surgeons, oncologists, clinical nurse specialists and other professionals.

Notes to Editors

In 2004 the Department of Health published the Manual of Cancer Standards and the Peer Review, which was carried out during June and September 2005 measured our services against those standards.

The Manual of Cancer Standards consists of many different areas to be examined, with particular emphasis on the tumour specific sites (e.g. breast or bowel) and evidence of our services had to be compiled before being scrutinised by the review teams. In all over 40 assessors met the various cancer teams and visited some of our facilities including the newly refurbished Medical/Oncology Day Unit.

The Review looked at the whole of the Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network, which consists of 13 Hospital Trusts and 14 Primary Care Trusts.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714