07 October 2016 - Chartwell ward will continue its focus on inpatient cancer care at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)
In March 2016, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the PRUH, confirmed proposals to change the way in which inpatient cancer care was managed at the hospital. Under the proposals, care would have moved from the Chartwell inpatient ward to other specialist wards at the PRUH, and some elements of care for patients with blood cancer would have transferred to King’s College Hospital, which is a centre of excellence for the condition.
During a review of the service and engagement with the Chartwell Cancer Trust, a range of factors were taken into account. The review looked at the volume of patients accessing the service, staffing levels and patient experience. It identified strengths within the service and areas where additions could be made to further enhance patient care.
Nick Moberly, Chief Executive of the Trust, said, “Over the past six months we have carried out an extensive clinical review of the PRUH’s cancer service. We are extremely grateful to staff and The Chartwell Cancer Trust, who contributed to the review.
“I am pleased to say that based on our findings, we have taken the decision to continue providing inpatient cancer care on the Chartwell ward.
“While the review was a very valuable exercise, we acknowledge that the uncertainty over the ward’s future has been unsettling for some staff and patients, and we sincerely apologise for this.
“We will continue to work closely with the Chartwell Cancer Trust - to whom we remain extremely grateful - to identify further improvements and enhance the care we provide to patients.”
For a number of years, some haematological cancer patients at the PRUH have been referred to the service at Denmark Hill. This is due to its expertise in the treatment of blood cancer, and it will continue in the future.
All other cancer services at the PRUH remain unaffected by the decision.
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