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Cancer Services

An overview of the service 

The aim of the service is to provide patient centred cancer care to the population of Mid Essex. This service provides access to oncologists, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, specialist nursing teams and  palliative care, via the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Cancer services provide care for patients who have a diagnosis of cancer and require chemotherapy; radiotherapy and supportive care. Chemotherapy in most cases is delivered on site at Mid Essex Hospitals Trust and radiotherapy will be delivered either at Colchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust or Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust.

You will have a named consultant in charge of your care and a clinical nurse specialist who will be your "key worker" throughout your pathway of care.

The Macmillan Info pod open Monday to Friday will provide you with a comprehensive range of materials to help support you through you cancer pathway of care.

The cancer waiting times team are a key part of the directorate and they are responsible for ensuring patients with suspected cancer or with a confirmed cancer diagnosis are managed within the national cancer waiting times.

The service is managed by the cancer management team which includes

  • Clinical Director
  • Head of Nursing
  • Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse
  • Clinical Lead



The Team

Chemotherapy team

The chemotherapy service is located on level 2 room A206. The unit is open Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00 hrs and is led by the Macmillan Oncology CNS. If you require chemotherapy as part of your cancer treatment your consultant will refer you to the chemotherapy team

They will contact you by phone to book you into a pre-assessment appointment. At the pre-assessment appointment you will be encouraged to bring a family member or friend as you will be given lots of information regarding your diagnosis; treatment plan; emergency contact details; potential side effects and how to manage them. You will also be shown around the unit; introduced to the team and given your first treatment date.

 

Chemotherapy Day unit contact details: 01245 514682 (Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00 hrs)

To find out more about the Chemotherapy unit please click the link below:

Chemotherapy Unit

The cancer CNS’s generally work:

Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 hrs

Breast cancer CNS - 01245 513551

Colo-rectal cancer CNS  - 01245 514465

Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) CNS – 01245 514503 * please note this is a part time post

Gynaecological cancer CNS  - 01245 513044

Haematological cancers CNS  - 01245 516618 

Head & Neck, Thyroid cancer CNS  - 01245 516300

Lung cancer CNS - 01245 516244

Neuro-oncology CNS - 07919 304 034

Skin cancer CNS - 01245 516917

Upper GI & HPB cancers CNS - 01245 515010

Urological Cancer CNS - 01245 514499

If you have not been allocated or you do not know who your CNS is please discuss this with the consultant in charge of your care or contact the Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse for advice - 01245 514575 (Monday - Friday 09:00-17:00 hrs)




Download the information booklet Cancer Services Directory >>

Macmillan Information Service - Info-Pod

The Macmillan information service is a joint venture with Farleigh Hospice and is located in the Info-pod in the main hospital atrium.

It is open Monday – Friday 09:00-16:00 and is managed by the Macmillan Information manager and supported by trained volunteers.

The service is open for all people who have been affected by cancer or a life limiting condition and who may require advice and support on their condition, treatment, supportive care, benefits, psychological support and spiritual care.

01245 515981 (Mon-Fri Macmillan information service Info-Pod contact details: 09:00-16:00 )



Clinical Research in Cancer Services

Macmillan Palliative Care team

This is a 6 day service from 08:00-18:00 hrs (Monday – Saturday). We are based on the 5th floor of the hospital but are usually to be found on the wards supporting patients and carers who have a life limiting condition.

The team work closely with the Farleigh Hospice team including the community team; inpatient unit and bereavement service, and meet on a weekly basis to discuss shared patients.

The team consists of 5 Palliative care CNS’s; a team secretary, a Facilitator for End of Life Care and 4 consultants.

Macmillan Palliative Care team contact details: 01245 514503

Further information you may find these websites useful:

 


Oncology medical team

The team consists of 5 oncology consultants who specialise in the non surgical treatment of cancer; this may include chemotherapy or radiotherapy-sometimes a combination of both. The consultants are supported by 4 middle grade doctors and 3 junior doctors. The consultants work across 2 sites as radiotherapy services are delivered at Colchester Hospitals University Foundation Trust.

Oncology team contact details:  01245 515296 (Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00 hrs)


Cancer waiting times team

This team consists of a cancer waiting times manager and cancer pathway coordinators for all the different cancers. The team play a vital role in ensuring that patients referred into the Trust with a suspected cancer or patients with a known cancer diagnosis are seen and treated within the National Cancer waiting times targets. 

The cancer waiting times manager is available Monday-Friday 08:00 - 16:00 hrs and can be contacted on 01245 514174.


Macmillan Information Service - Info-Pod

The Macmillan information service is a joint venture with Farleigh Hospice and is located in the Info-pod in the main hospital atrium.

It is open Monday – Friday 09:00-16:00 and is managed by the Macmillan Information manager and supported by trained volunteers.

The service is open for all people who have been affected by cancer or a life limiting condition and who may require advice and support on their condition, treatment, supportive care, benefits, psychological support and spiritual care.

Macmillan information service Info-Pod contact details: 01245 515981 (Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00)


Oncology Research Team

The oncology research nurses are based in the Helen Rollason Research centre which is a dedicated research centre for all patients taking part in a clinical trial. The staff are trained in giving non licensed clinical trial agents and are also chemotherapy competent. Trials are an everyday part of the work done in the NHS. Broomfield Hospital is part of a research active Trust therefore you may well be asked to take part in a clinical trial. People currently being cared for in the NHS have received the benefit from past research and continue to benefit from research that is currently being carried out. As our patient, we hold information about you and your treatment for clinical and research purposes. Taking part in a clinical trial will not affect your clinical/medical management.

Contact details Research and Development Department on  01245 515136 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 hrs) Lead Research Nurse / Co-Director of R&Dmp;D  01245516599 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 hrs)

Clinical research in this area



Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists

After being diagnosed with cancer you will be allocated a cancer clinical nurse specialist (CNS) who may be referred to as your key worker. The CNS will give you his/her contact details and will remain in regular contact with you during your pathway of care.

If you have not been allocated or you do not know who your CNS is please discuss this with the consultant in charge of your care; alternatively you can contact the Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse for advice.

Contact details for all the cancer CNS’s at MEHT are in the right hand column.


Spiritual Care

If you require support and care to meet your spiritual needs please ask to be referred to the chaplaincy team during your in patient stay or visit the MEHT Faith centre located on the second floor A209 at any time. The on call Chaplain can be contacted via the Hospital switchboard.

Please visit our Chaplaincy Pages to find out more : Chaplaincy Link


Counselling and Psychotherapy Service

The service is available for all oncology patients and their family/carers. The team is able to offer emotional and psychological support at any stage of your care pathway. Your CNS or consultant may refer you to the team. However if they haven’t suggested this and you feel it would be useful please ask for a referral.

Please visit our Counselling and Psychotherapy pages to find out more: Psychotherapy link


Mid Essex Cancer services user group

The Trust also supports and actively encourages patient and carer involvement in the delivery and development of cancer services. You can find information on the Mid Essex Cancer Services User Group on how you can become involved and influence the delivery of services

Contact via web page: www.mecsug.org.uk

 



Useful links

If you require information on your cancer; its treatment or supportive care, please visit the Macmillan Info pod in the main Atrium or you may find the following web sites useful

Local support services include:

Please note we cannot be held responsible for the content of these web sites.


 

National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2017

Every year, NHS England runs a large patient experience survey of around 120,000 adults who recently had cancer treatment in hospital.  It is called the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey and there will be a survey conducted over a few months from late October, with publication of the findings next summer.

Here below are documents relating to giving your feedback.