"Cancer treatment and chemo"
About: Sale Hospital / Oncology Sale Hospital Oncology Sale 3850
Posted by concernedpatient (as ),
I just want to highlight my thoughts, some good and not so good, of cancer treatment at my local hospital. To me, cancer treatment is a scary thing. Thank god for nurses who go above and beyond to help professionally and personally. I experience quite a lot of anxiety when I attend for my chemotherapy. All of the staff in our new treatment ward are amazing at what they do. My issue lays with the lack of time our visiting Oncologist has to spend with his patients. Oncology works 3 days a week, but the Oncologist only spends one day a week consulting with patients. He is a lovely man, however I do not believe he has enough time to consult. You are lucky to get 5 minutes with him. I also think there is a greater need for a dedicated chemo nurse who can attend your appointments and be available to answer any questions, sitting in on consultations with the oncologist. My other issues with the chemo ward are the lack of car parking and meals! The areas surrounding the hospital have a huge lack of parking and if you do get a park, it is a 2 hour zone. Many chemo infusions are longer than 2 hours! The lunches provided consist of, what I consider to be, terrible sandwiches. Altered taste and smell and nausea are a big side effect of chemotherapy. Offering tomato and raw onion sandwiches (which is what is included in the mix) is not appetising. I hope my feedback can help make some changes to the oncology services.