Patients are being asked to help develop options for the future of some cancer services in Sandwell and West Birmingham. An event in West Bromwich next week will be the first of a series of listening activities designed to ensure patient views influence the Cancer Review that is underway.
At the event, patients will be invited to give their feedback on their current experiences of services, suggestions on how the services could be run differently, as well as outline what is important to them and what the priorities should be for selecting the potential options.
Services affected by the Cancer Review include Solid Tumour Oncology services for Lung, Upper GI, Gastroenterology, Colorectal, Breast and Gynaecological cancers. It is also looking at how Acute Oncology is provided, as well as the future of the specialized Pan-Birmingham Gynae-Oncology Centre.
The Cancer Review recognises the importance of patient engagement in the process, and is designed to identify options for a permanent solution that best meets the needs of the local population.
The review will also cover Haemo-oncology services for blood based cancers. This service is currently provided at both City and Sandwell Hospitals and the Trust is proposing to run it on one site so that patients will benefit from a service that has all its trained clinical staff in one place.
The first patient event will take place on Tuesday 27 March at West Bromwich Albion Football Ground – The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4LD.
If you would like to attend the event please book by emailing the below address, or calling the telephone number provided:
Telephone: 0121 612 1447
Patients can also get involved by:
• Taking part in a One to One telephone interview
• Joining an online webinar that you can log in to at home
• Taking part in a short freepost questionnaire that you can complete and return to us for free.