Hospitals are in region’s elite

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
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BOWEL cancer treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Mexborough Montagu Hospitals is among the best in the region according to a national report.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the top-performing trust in the Yorkshire, Humberside and North Trent region at detecting bowel cancer early enough to avoid having to perform emergency surgery.

The National Bowel Cancer Audit 2012 analysed data on 30,000 patients treated for the condition in hospitals in England and Wales between August 2010 and July 2011.

Consultant Surgeon John Bagley, who specialises in minimally-invasive colorectal surgery, said: “Patients have a good team of specialists around them, working together to offer them a choice of treatments and ensure that they benefit from the full range of expertise and input into their care.

“They are also much more likely to be diagnosed early enough for their care to be planned, rather than needing emergency surgery.”

The report found more than 90 per cent of patients – the best performance in the region - were operated on via a planned list.

Patients had better clinical outcomes resulting from prompt detection and treatment, rather than an emergency treatment after an obstruction of the bowel - a serious surgical emergency.

The trust was also one of the top in England and Wales for ensuring that bowel cancer patients were under the care of the full team of relevant specialists, as recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence.

Every patient was reviewed by the full multi-disciplinary team and every patient benefited from the expertise and opinions of consultant surgeons, a consultant oncologist - a doctor who specialises in cancer - and a consultant radiologist.

Mortality rates of 3.2 per cent 90 days after surgery were well below the national average of five per cent.

He added: “Overall, this report shows we’re doing pretty well in comparison with the national average and our peers.”

The Trust was approved as one of the first 10 NHS foundation trusts in March 2004 after receiving top-rated three stars in NHS Performance Ratings for five years.