Patients praise cancer services at the Eastbourne District General Hospital

PATIENTS have praised the NHS Trust which runs the DGH for its cancer services

The National Cancer Patient Survey was published today and shows the Trust has been largely praised by the people using cancer services.

The Trust is in the top 20 per cent in the country in 18 of the 70 questions asked and the vast majority questions show an improvement from last year.

Areas where the Trust scored particularly well include patients being seen as soon as necessary, bad news being broken sensitively, good levels of information given and privacy during examination and treatment.

The National Cancer Patient Survey is carried out by Quality Health on behalf of the Department of Health and Cancer Action Team.

A total of 160 acute Trusts across the country took part in the survey and over 600 patients who had used cancer services at the Trust completed a questionnaire.

Richard Sunley, Trust deputy chief executive and chief operating officer, said, “The survey has illustrated the excellent quality of care delivered by the Trust and the multi-disciplinary teams providing these services should be highly commended for the level of achievement.

“There are some areas that we will look to improve but overall the results are very positive.”

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex.