Caring for our patients is of the utmost importance to us. Our patients are treated by Consultant Oncologists, who have a wide range of specialist expertise. Cutting edge technology is available on site including a dedicated oncology ward, the latest MRI and CT scanning technology and an on-site pharmacy for faster access to treatment.
Whilst technology and expertise are important, our multi-disciplined support team is key in helping patients through every aspect of their care. The team is able to reassure patients every step of the way at what can be, for obvious reasons, a very challenging time.
Most people being investigated for cancer will undergo investigations such as CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasound, bone scans, bone marrow tests, bronchoscopy, gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy, mammography, cystoscopy and biopsies. The tests performed will depend on the type of cancer being investigated. These tests may also be repeated throughout your treatment and at later check ups.
Dedicated inpatient ward
Our nursing team work within a dedicated ward, made up of trained nursing experts who are committed to ensuring the best possible medical care for our patients. Our specialist nurses have extensive experience of what it takes to provide care to each individual patient and their specific illness.
The hospital offers a comprehensive palliative care service made up of Consultants in Palliative Medicine and working closely with the Macmillan Oncology Liaison nurses.
Macmillan Oncology Liaison Nurses
The team is always on hand to provide advice on every aspect of care for patients and their families from the time of diagnosis onwards. They can speak to nurses and GPs on behalf of our patients and liaise with teams within the hospital and in the community such as dieticians and physiotherapists. The liaison nurses also make regular visits during chemotherapy to give support and advice and offer links to local cancer help centres.
24 hour support
All aspects of care, all in one place – all hours of the day. Expert nursing staff is available on a 24 hour basis to take calls from patients, GPs and consultants. Advice and emergency treatment is available by contacting the hospital and asking for the senior nurse on duty.
Expert dietetic advice is available at any time.
Access to information
We ensure all our patients are fully counselled about their treatment. A wide range of printed information is also available, together with advice on websites and local and national self-help and support groups.
Someone for patients to talk to if they feel anxious about their treatment or illness. A full range of services are provided including assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans.
A range of complementary therapies including massage and acupuncture are offered alongside medical treatments to help, should our patients suffer any side effects from treatment
Patient support from other departments at Mount Alvernia Hospital
Every aspect of care is provided on site and all members of the care team work towards the best possible patient outcome. We aim to make our patients as comfortable as possible and have a number of teams offering support and treatment:
- Lymphoedema specialist
- Pain management specialists
- Pastoral care
- Complementary therapy
- A rapid results service for blood tests ahead of treatment, providing key guidance for further care.
The pharmacy team
Our on site pharmacy includes a team dedicated to oncology. This involves co-ordinating the pharmacy service for oncology ensuring clinical correctness at all times whilst providing counselling and support services for the patients regarding their treatment regime.
Assisting with discharge from hospital and planning for the future
Our team work with the consultant oncologists to plan a patient’s discharge from hospital. If the patient is unable to return home, we will assist in arranging appropriate care for the future.
The oncology unit treats patients for a wide range of cancers including: