We need your help to plan the future of Mount Vernon Cancer Centre services.
The NHS in East of England and North London is working together to review the services at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre to solve some concerns around the ageing estate and support facilities and patient pathways.
Thank you for taking the time to help us.
What is the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre Review all about?
The Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
The Mount Vernon Cancer Centre is run by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and delivered from a site in North Middlesex managed by the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is a standalone cancer centre and primarily serves a population of over 2 million people in Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire, North West London and Berkshire. The patient pathways involve 16 other hospitals and arrangements with 6 other NHS trusts. There is an extremely small number of patients who use the service from other parts of the country.
The Centre provides outpatient chemotherapy, nuclear medicine, brachytherapy and haematology as well as radiotherapy for these populations. There are also inpatient and ambulatory wards.
We are looking at how we can best meet the needs of local people, and develop options that will build on the services, research and patient experience the Centre already delivers.
You will probably have noticed that some of the buildings are not in a good state of repair, and a number of concerns have been raised in relation to the long-term clinical sustainability of the Cancer Centre.
The doctors and nurses at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre have done a good job in putting things in place to ensure that treatment is high quality and that patients are safe, and the patient survey feedback shows that most patients are happy with the services they receive.
However, the doctors, nurses and managers all agree that a more permanent solution needs to be found to ensure the sustainability of the services in the long term.
As well as ageing buildings, there are limited support facilities on site. For example, there are no high dependency or intensive care beds so patients who become very poorly are sent in an emergency ambulance to Watford General Hospital.
This limited support at the site creates challenges for the patient pathway, and you may have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, having treatment in a number of different places because of this. As cancer treatment becomes more advanced and as demand for cancer treatment grows, this is becoming more of an issue for patients at Mount Vernon.
In developing the options, we have heard from doctors and nurses and are talking to other hospitals in the areas and other organisations that use the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. We are also arranging some events to hear from patients.
We have already looked at existing patient feedback on the services to see what patients think is good and what does not work so well, and we are working closely with Healthwatch Hertfordshire and Healthwatch Hillingdon who are helping us arrange the patient events and a patient survey.
Where we are now
Patient and public engagement – analysis of existing patient feedback, and hearing patient views and ideas through public events, focus groups and a bespoke survey.
Through July, patient and public workshops have taken place in Stevenage, Luton, Uxbridge and North London.
The patient feedback is being analysed independently and the final engagement report will be published in due course.