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Mid Yorkshire Hospitals improve its delivery of cancer services

The cancer teams across all tumour groups at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have contributed towards successfully delivering the national cancer performance targets for the first three quarters of the year. The team have provided more chemotherapy and complex therapy treatments to patients closer to home.

The Trusts’ cancer teams have also successfully reduced the number of patients waiting over 62 days for treatment from 170 in January 2017 to 76 in January 2018.  Out of the 76 patients, 34 have treatment scheduled.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust treats more than 100 new cancer patients every month and cares for a local population of 540,000 people. It provides chemotherapy and surgery services at all three of its hospital sites, Pinderfields Hospital, Dewsbury & District Hospital and Pontefract Hospital.  

The Cancer Team play a key role in helping the care of patients to be delivered in a timely and coordinated way; providing a high quality service that meets the national cancer waiting times targets.

The Trust also have a dedicated acute Oncology team and in-patient ward, providing expert input for patients attending the hospital as an emergency, due to complications of cancer or its treatment.

In past years, a significant proportion of cancer patients underwent cancer investigation at the Trust before being referred for treatments and if required in-patient stays at the Leeds Cancer Centre at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Cancer Team, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, are now providing the majority of cancer patients’ treatment at all three of their hospital sites, in the closest location to suit each patient, for common and intermediate cancers (i.e. Breast, Bowel, Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal, Urology and Gynaecology).

Katrina Tyldsley, Group Manager for Cancer, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “Colleagues across all disciplines have worked really hard to contribute to these improvements and we are committed to improving the care we provide by acting on feedback from patients, their families and carers, visitors and our staff.”

Mr Jay Naik, Consultant - Medical Oncology, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said; “We are absolutely committed to giving excellent care to every cancer patient, and these figures show that we are moving in the right direction.”

The Trust work in close partnership with the Macmillan Cancer Charity. The Macmillan Information Centre, based at Pinderfields Hospital, provides invaluable support to many patients and their families.