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Cancer care is top of the agenda

Date: 02/10/2008           Category: Medway PCT

The Kent and Medway Cancer Network has been accepted as a test community to develop and pilot new approaches for cancer care. Hosted by Medway PCT, the Network will develop a community-based support service for Medway patients with (all types of) cancer, provided after discharge from treatment. Clinical support is to be provided by the cancer services team at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. The input of patients and carers will be sought in identifying needs and shaping the service. It is hoped the service will be delivered from one or more of the three Healthy Living Centres in Medway (Lordswood, Rainham and Rochester). It is hoped the service will be in place by 2010. David Weaver Commissioning Manager at Medway PCT said: “The aim of this scheme is to improve the quality of care for cancer survivors providing care in more appropriate and accessible settings. We also want the project to help manage the increasing demand on hospital-based cancer professionals (especially clinical nurse specialists) and to more clearly define the end of the hospital episode for cancer patients.”