What is a Holistic Needs
Being diagnosed with cancer can
affect many areas of your life. This is why you may be offered a
holistic needs assessment (HNA). This assessment identifies
concerns you may have - physical, emotional, practical, financial
and spiritual. You will discuss these with your health or social
care professional and make a care plan to address your care and
It will give you a chance to
think about your concerns and discuss possible solutions.
An HNA usually has
The questions will take around ten
minutes to complete.
You will then meet with your
health or social care professional to discuss the issues you have
and think of possible solutions. Together you will agree on
a plan of action to address your
concerns. This is then written down as your care plan. You will
receive a copy of this plan to take away.
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital