Thumbs-up for cancer services at hospitals

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More than 90 per cent of cancer patients in Sheffield have given their care top marks in a new survey.

Over 1,700 people treated for cancer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took part in this year’s National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, with 91 per cent rating their care as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.

The organisation ranked in the top 20 per cent of trusts nationally in seven areas, from offering a choice of treatments, to giving information about support groups and controlling the side-effects of radiotherapy.

But fewer than half of the patients polled said they were spoken to about taking part in cancer research, while only one in five were given a written assessment and individual care plan.

Meanwhile, more than 40 per cent said there were not definitely told about side effects of treatment that could affect them in the future.

Chief nurse Hilary Chapman said: “It is great to see that our cancer patients are happy with the care and treatment our hospitals provide.

“Although the report was very positive, we will continue to look for improvements in areas where patient feedback indicates we could do even better.”