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Dorset County Rated Highly For Cancer Care

DCH Cancer Care 2014

12:22pm 22nd October 2014

Its top marks for Dorset County Hospital after a national patient survey put their cancer care in the top 20% of acute hospitals in the country.

Over 150 hospitals took part in the survey across the county to find out treatment for cancer patients could be improved.

Some of the areas where Dorset County Hospital stood out included patients having confidence in their doctors and nurses.

They also felt they were treated with privacy and dignity and that they were given complete explanations about test procedures.

But it wasn't a perfect score.  Problems were found with patients not being given the name of their cancer nurse specialist and not being told about getting free prescriptions, both of which were highlighted in the survey.

The hospital says it has addressed all the issues raised.

Chief Executive of Dorset County Hospital Patricia Miller said; "Our multi-disciplinary teams work extremely well together to ensure that every aspect of cancer patients' care is the very best it can be. The experience of the patient is very much at the centre of everything they do and these excellent results reflect the commitment of those teams.

"Despite these very positive results we are not complacent and the survey has highlighted some areas where we can make further improvements.

"Our cancer teams are already working with the Macmillan sponsored Experience Based Design project which uses patient feedback to make practical improvements to the care we provide."

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