The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has this week officially opened its newly upgraded multidisciplinary cancer review room at Pinderfields Hospital, which hosts improved clinical reviews of cancer patients and their treatment.
The Trust received a generous donation of £25,000 from the Dr Jackson Cancer fund earlier this year towards the upgrading of the specialist cancer review room.
The upgraded room is now being 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 upgraded MDT room not only provides specialist equipment with low maintenance costs, but also now enables the cancer review team to link with other Trusts by video conferencing to share their cancer expertise.
Cancer patients at Pinderfields Hospital can now benefit from outcomes of the MDT discussions being sent directly to their electronic record and therefore immediately available for the teams coordinating care to access. The MDT are now able to access and view scans, pathology specimens, letters and notes simultaneously across six screens, which enables speedier and safer discussions.
The team can now look at a number of things, during the meetings including the type and size of the cancer.
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 safe discussion of patients with suspected or confirmed diagnoses of cancer. The upgrade will also allow better communication with external Trusts for expert opinions and direct transfer of information, to aid safe, timely 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”.