New cancer therapy service for Shropshire and Mid Wales


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A NEW therapy service which will bring benefits to patients being treated for cancer in Shropshire and Mid Wales has been launched.

The Macmillan Integrated Therapy Service – MITS – aims to deliver integrated, efficient and appropriate therapy to patients with complex needs.
The new integrated therapy service is provided by the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford in collaboration with Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.
MITS, which is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust – which runs the RSH and PRH – and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, is a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and speech and language therapists.

The team also includes assistant practitioners who support the delivery of care to people living with cancer.
The service works closely with other healthcare professionals, social services and voluntary organisations to ensure that patients receive effective treatment and coordinated care in an appropriate location.
The new integrated service has been modelled to ensure that patients receive continuity in their care when they move from an acute hospital into the community or back into their own home. This will provide a better experience for the patient and make sure they are getting the best possible support wherever they are.
The service will provide care for people with complex needs being treated for cancer on the Oncology/Haematology Ward 23 at RSH, the Head and Neck Ward 8 at PRH, the Chemotherapy Day Unit, Radiotherapy, Outpatients Clinics and people referred to the service in other locations at the Trust.
Sarah Bloomfield, director of nursing and quality at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We want to ensure our patients receive the best possible care all the time in the most appropriate setting.
“This new integrated service will help to ensure that our patients who are being treated for cancer receive care closer to their home with the best support possible, helping to improve their experiences.”
Sally-Anne Osborne, deputy director of operations at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “This is all about making sure that patients get the best care and support they need wherever they are, be that in hospital, in another community setting or at home.”

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