New cancer services

Wessex cancer surgical hub

The new Wessex cancer surgical hub is now available for cancer patients in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight who need surgery but whose local hospital is unable to carry it out at the time it’s needed. The hub is based in Southampton but could be discussed with any cancer patient being treated in Wessex. The patient and their clinical team will decide together about its suitability as an option for the surgery.

The hospital specialist and the hub surgeon will stay in close communication to manage the patient’s treatment across the two teams.  The hospital specialist may be directly involved in delivering the surgery at the hub.

Like all hospitals, the cancer hub has strict safety measures in place to make sure it is safe for patients and staff. Keeping the hub Covid-19 free is of the highest priority and staff undergo regular testing.  Staff who are not usually based at the hub, for example, a local hospital specialist attending their patient’s operation, will also be tested.

All patients coming to the hub for surgery will be tested and will need to self-isolate before their admission. Surgery will only proceed for patients who have a negative test and who show no symptoms of Covid-19. Following  a referral to the hub, information about testing and self-isolation will be provided in addition to details about the appointment and any other preparation needed.

Wessex rapid diagnostic service (RDS)

The Wessex rapid diagnostic service is a new service, initially launched in Poole but it will be available later in the year across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. When a patient has symptoms that are difficult to diagnose but may suggest cancer, their GP can refer them to the new service to be investigated and diagnosed quickly.

If you have symptoms you are worried about, you must talk to your GP because you would not be able to refer yourself to the rapid diagnostic service. Please read or print out the rapid diagnostic service leaflet for information about the next steps.

All contact with the rapid diagnostic service will be by telephone, so if you are referred, please make sure your GP knows if you will need help accessing the service. The service has different ways of supporting people who find it difficult to use the telephone. These include using a telephone translation service, using TextRelay for people who are deaf or talking to patients via a carer or advocate.

Please contact WessexRDS.admin@nhs.net if you would like to give feedback about the rapid diagnostic service.

SafeFit - specialist cancer exercise classes

SafeFit has been designed, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, to support people living with cancer to maintain and improve their physical and mental health and well-being, whilst following government guidelines. The service is for people aged 18 years and over living with cancer.

SafeFit has been developed in partnership by:

  • CanRehab Trust
  • Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC)
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • National Institute for Health Research Cancer
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • University Hospitals Southampton NHS Trust
  • Wessex Cancer Alliance.

The service is delivered by CanRehab specialist exercise instructors.

SafeFit
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