Alfred Bean Hospital has received a boost of extra health care services as part of the Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust is leading a new project with support from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Macmillan Cancer Support, to supplement existing day care services.
Joint services are operational now and were officially launched at Alfred Bean Hospital on 6th October, with weekly outpatient clinics, monthly review clinics, and specialist nurse advice on living with and beyond cancer will all be available in the town.
This will complement the existing palliative day care services delivered by Macmillan at Alfred Bean Hospital, as well as improving convenience for patients and reducing the need for them to travel to hospital in Hull.
Specifically, patients living in the Driffield area are now able to access weekly nurse-led palliative care outpatient clinics, delivered by Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dawn Robinson, with support from the two GP practices based in Driffield
They will also be able to receive monthly review clinics and places on the ‘Living with cancer and beyond’ course, delivered by the Survivorship Team from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Lindsay Turton, Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care for Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This builds on the existing, much valued Macmillan palliative day care service that has been available at Alfred Bean Hospital for the last 19 years.
“We know that people want their health services to be delivered locally, if at all possible, and this enhancement is about bringing services previously only available in the acute hospital Trust into our local community hospital, so improving access.
“The introduction of weekly nurse-led specialist palliative care clinics, for example, will enable patients to choose whether to be seen at home or in a clinic, according to their needs and preferences.
“We are committed to ensuring patients in the East Riding are at the centre of service developments and have some choice in how these are delivered.
“We’re also keen to ensure patients with other complex conditions can access expert advice if they feel this would be helpful. This is now being offered through a variety of short 20 minute workshops on subjects such as diet and managing breathlessness.”
Sarah Guest, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Survivorship Team at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospital Trust said: “Living with cancer and other complex, long-term illnesses can be both difficult and confusing.
“It stands to reason that people will have questions and want to be able to access expert advice quickly and easily.
“By delivering our service more locally, we’re hoping to empower patients living not just with cancer, but with other long-term or life-limiting conditions and hopefully take away some of the extra little stresses, like travel, which they may encounter when accessing healthcare.”