Breast clinic review holds first meeting
The first meeting of a review of outpatient breast cancer
clinics has been held at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
The meeting was chaired by Sue Jacques, chief executive of
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
Present were representatives of local clinical commissioning
groups, NHS England, Healthwatch Darlington and members of the
Trust's clinical teams.
The Trust made changes to breast clinics as a temporary measure
to maintain a clinically safe and sustainable breast surgery
out-patient service. This has arisen because of a shortage of key
staff which has been making it difficult for the service to see all
of our urgent GP referrals within 2 weeks, and to begin treatment
within 62 days of GP referral with our service spread over several
Sue Jacques said: "We had a useful first meeting of the
breast review group. A group will be convening to look at
options for the future, and we will be working with Healthwatch to
make sure that the views of service users are taken into
account. The review group will be meeting again in
Michelle Thompson, chair of Healthwatch Darlington
said: "Healthwatch Darlington attended the first meeting of a
review group hosted by the Trust, to ensure a strong patient and
carer voice from the very beginning of discussions. We will
continue to be fully involved with the review group and working
groups to ensure patients, carers and the public of Darlington are
"If you would like to have your say, to tell us about your
experiences of the service or express your feelings about the move
and how you would like to see the service in the future, please
contact Healthwatch Darlington on 01325 380145, email email@example.com,
write to us at Healthwatch Darlington, eVOLution Building, Church
Row, Darlington, DL1 1QD. Alternatively we are gathering data
via a survey, if you would like to complete the survey please do so
- paper copies of the survey can be obtained from the office on the
contact details above."
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital