Macmillan and St George’s Hospital join forces to transform the experience of cancer care for people in south west London
Macmillan Cancer Support and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have announced a three-year partnership which will endeavour to provide people affected by cancer who are treated at St George’s with an excellent experience of care.
Macmillan has already invested £600,000 in the first year of this innovative programme, where healthcare professionals at the hospital and in the community will work alongside patients to improve the current systems of care.
The benefits of the partnership will include:
- Increased availability of cancer nurse specialists
- New ways for people affected by cancer to get involved and help shape improvements in care
- Specialised training for cancer healthcare professionals which will enable them to deliver more personalised cancer care, as well as help them to empower patients to take control of their own treatment and care.
St George’s is one of the main providers of cancer in south west London and delivers a range of diagnostic, treatment and support services to more than 4,000 new patients each year. Macmillan has an experienced track record in working with trusts around the country to shape and deliver improved cancer care.
Sarah Gigg, Senior Development Manager for Macmillan in London said:
“When you’re diagnosed with cancer you can feel lost and alone in a complex, frustrating and overwhelming system. We want people diagnosed with cancer in south-west London to expect and receive the best personalised cancer care. We want them to access the best support when, where and how they need it, and for it to be delivered with compassion and respect.
“St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust has already made enormous efforts to improve patients’ experience of care. For this reason we’re excited to be working alongside the trust to make this a reality and deliver sustainable improvements in the long-term.”
Chris Anderson, Clinical Director for Cancer Services at the trust said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Macmillan. This collaboration supports the trust’s strategy to improve the experience of cancer patients and their families throughout their treatment. We’re committed to ensuring that people with cancer receive world-class care, which is centred on their needs at every stage – from diagnosis, through to treatment and beyond.”
For further information, please contact:
Emily Sands, Communications Manager, St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 020 8725 4080
Maria Gandara, Senior Communications Lead, Macmillan Cancer Support
Tel: 0207 840 4745 (out-of- hours number: 07801 307 068)
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About St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK. Its main site, St George’s Hospital – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research.