Cancer treatment during the pandemic
We want to reassure our patients, their families and anyone worried about cancer during this difficult time that we are still delivering cancer treatment - the hospital is open
We are keeping footfall as low as possible in the hospital to help keep patients and staff safe and we have restricted visitors to end of life care and paediatric patients only.
Consultants are holding remote consultations to keep patients safely at home and some patients are being advised on how to administer treatment at home to avoid them travelling in.
For those who do need to come into the hospital, we understand this can cause anxiety. We'd like to reassure patients that the hospital is very quiet and we're following social distancing guidelines. All staff are well briefed on infection prevention and control and any patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are being cared for in single rooms away from other areas. We have also spread appointments out throughout the day so that patients can come in, have treatment and leave as quickly as possible without having to spend longer than necessary in the hospital.
In the main, we’re currently operating a normal service for radiotherapy patients however some patients who are able to have their radiotherapy in fewer treatments with the same outcome, to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital will do. Our radiographers are displaying their usual professionalism and are in regular communication with our patients who can contact their team at any time if they have any questions or concerns.
Some patients will find their treatment is on hold- please trust us that we have your best interests at the heart of everything we do and we are assessing each patient's risks and benefits of continuing treatment now versus waiting for the threat to pass. We are currently planning how to phase in the recovery of business as usual as soon as it is safe to do so.
Anyone who is not currently a patient who thinks they have symptoms that could be cancer, please see your GP as it’s important cancer is diagnosed as early as possible, when it is easier to treat.