By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 04 September 2013 Updated: 04/09 16:38
CARE for cancer patients in the county is improving, according to reports released this week.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust came sixth on the most-improved league table compiled by Macmillan Cancer Support using patient feedback on issues such as how diagnosis and treatment was explained to them and their treatment in hospital.
David Crosby, general manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in central and south west England, said: "We congratulate the Trust for being rated by its patients as one of the most improved Trusts in the country and the work they have done to achieve this.
"We know that the support and care people receive is as important as their actual treatment, and can make all the difference between coping with cancer and finding it a real struggle. For example, being told about financial help that is available, or being provided with high quality information about their cancer and its treatment."
The Trust also fared well on the National Cancer Patient Experience Programme survey from the Government, which places it in the top 20 per cent in the country for criteria such as pain control, giving understandable answers to important questions and GP practice staff doing everything they could to support patients.
There had been improvements in 11 areas, with 88 per cent rating their care as excellent or very good.
Lead cancer clinician Adel Makar said: "It is great to see that we have improved in so many areas. It is a hugely positive message for patients and NHS staff. We aim to give all our cancer patients the very best care and to support them throughout their patient journey.
"I believe we will achieve even better results when our new radiotherapy centre opens next year."
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