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Training helps improve cancer treatment in Maidstone

Monday 13th January 2020

HOSPITAL staff say they’re back on target – hitting all eight NHS timeframes to treat the region’s cancer patients.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Well’s NHS Trust has reached the national targets now for the second consecutive month, placing it among the top 20% in the country.

The trust's previous poorer performance has been met with a raft of changes that have improved waiting times. They include upskilling nine nurses to administer chemotherapy. Those involved underwent intense Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) training at Canterbury Christchurch University.

The new SACT nurses (from left) include Debbie Owens, Claire Williams, Michelle Bell and Rudo Chaza. They join another 30 qualified colleagues at Maidstone Hospital’s Lord North Ward and Tunbridge Wells Hospital’s Haematology-Oncology day unit. 

As well as giving chemotherapy treatment to patients, they are certified to discuss treatment with patients between cycles of chemotherapy.

The cost of the training was met by the trust.