The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has received a generous donation of £25,000 from the Dr Jackson Cancer fund towards upgrading their multidisciplinary room at Pinderfields Hospital, which hosts reviews of cancer patients and their treatment.
The new room will be used by groups of health professionals, known as a multidisciplinary team (MDT), with expert knowledge in different types of cancer to plan and manage each patient’s treatment. The MDT team make recommendations rather than decisions.
The new MDT room will not only provide specialist equipment with low maintenance costs, but will also enable the cancer review team to link with other Trusts by video conferencing to share their cancer expertise. Cancer Patients at Pinderfields Hospital will also get immediate outcomes of the MDT discussions sent to their electronic document record. In the new room the staff will be able to access and view scans, pathology specimens, letters and notes simultaneously across six screens, which will enable speedier discussions.
The MDT team look at a number of things, during the meetings including the type and size of the cancer, and whether it has spread as well as any national treatment guidelines for particular cancers.
Dr Jay Naik, Oncology Consultant involved in the MDT reviews, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “We are grateful to Dr Jackson for their continued support of this room, vital to the aim of providing excellent cancer care here at Mid Yorks. The provision of cutting edge technology and audio-visual equipment will ensure the timely and safe discussion of patients with suspected or confirmed diagnoses of cancer. The upgrade will allow better communication with external Trusts for expert opinions and direct transfer of information, instantly available to aid safe and effective decision making for patients.”
Sir William O’Brien, Chair of Trustees of the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund, said; “We are very pleased to be able to support this upgrade to what is obviously a very important facility for cancer treatment across the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – particularly so, as we donated £79,000 in 2011 to establish this major tool in the fight against cancer”.