Cancer services praised

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CANCER patients in Sheffield receive excellent care, according to the Department of Health.

The 2010 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey placed Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation above the national average.

Areas included patients always being treated with respect and dignity by staff – with the trust scoring 87 per cent compared to 82 per cent across the country – staff doing everything to control the side-effects of radiotherapy – 87 per cent compared to 82 per cent nationally – and patients always given enough privacy when being examined or treated – 95 per cent compared to 93 per cent.

Trust chief nurse and chief operating officer Hilary Chapman said: “I am delighted that the 2010 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey has rated our services so highly.”