NHS England | August 2018 |Breast cancer survivors control their follow-up care in Maidstone
A new case study from NHS England highlights how patients with breast cancer in are able to control their own care in Maidstone, Kent. The Open Access programme enables patients to have access to regular mammograms, support advice and appropriate clinical follow up up to five years following treatment for breast cancer. The programme recognises patients as individuals and that the way in which they want to be supported may change during their recovery, the team introduced an Open Access Programme, based upon a successful model in place at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
- A reduction of 3,000 breast outpatient appointments
- Patients access suitable clinical appointments and contact their nurse appropriately.
- Timely referral to an appropriate clinician (ie surgeon, oncologist, nurse)
- Appointments aligned to patient need or want
- Fast access to the Cancer Nurse to answer questions and concerns.
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