More support for people with cancer

Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

TRANSFORMATION OF POST TREATMENT CANCER CARE

Post-treatment cancer patients in mid and south Essex are to gain more control over their ongoing care and support, thanks to a new remote digital monitoring platform.

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT) will soon introduce an innovative web portal that will allow patients to benefit from “personalised care packages” after they have been treated for breast, colorectal or prostate cancer. This will mean fewer hospital visits as they will be able to keep in touch with their clinicians from home.

Crucially, they will have access to all the support, clinical advice and educational resources they need through an app or the portal. The new technology is particularly timely given “the new normal” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the accelerated introduction of ‘virtual clinics’. For more information, please visit the MSEFT websites.

CANCER SUPPORT LINE

MSEFT is also setting up helplines for patients whose treatment has been delayed or deferred during the current pandemic. Both Basildon and Southend Hospital sites are already offering a Cancer Support Line, with Broomfield Hospital’s expected to start shortly.

The support line is designed to give patients and carers another avenue of contact, giving them a chance to share any concerns they may have with a healthcare professional. Each site has a dedicated team of Clinical Nurse Specialists, a Lead Cancer Nurse and an administrator working on the Cancer Support Line alongside their usual duties. The teams have the tools to give advice and refer to external services if required.  

You can contact Southend Hospital’s Cancer Support Line on 01702 385101 and Basildon Hospital’s on 01268 394740.