A special results clinic for cancer patients at Kettering General Hospital
is being held up as an area of national ‘good practice’ following a National
In January 2012 a Urology Service National Peer
Review Team visited KGH and, as part of its review, looked at the urology
oncology results clinic.
The review found that the KGH ‘results clinic’
concept should be recommended as an example of national good practice in how to
look after patients at the time when they are first told they have cancer.
KGH Urology Cancer Lead Clinician, Mr Mo Al-Sudani,
said: “Each year we have about 385 new urology cancer diagnoses – this means
that urological cancers are the most common cancers dealt with by the medical
and surgical specialties in the hospital.
“They include things like prostate, kidney, bladder
and testes cancers.
“About 18 months ago we created the urology
oncology results clinics because we felt it was inappropriate to be breaking
bad news to patients in the context of routine – and normally busy - urology
“So we set up the specialist clinic in a quiet room
in the Treatment Centre where patients who have just received their cancer
diagnosis can be seen in a small clinic by a consultant and a cancer nurse
“This means we are able to discuss the diagnosis, further
investigations, possible courses of treatment and give them information about
their condition and what to expect.”
Grandfather Jonathan Mack, 69, from Corby, visited the results clinic when he was diagnosed
with prostate cancer at the end of last year. He said: “I was very impressed. You speak to both
the consultant and the nurse specialists and they are both very supportive. “Together they give you the full picture of what is
happening and what your tests mean to you and what will happen next in terms of
Mr Mack, a former metallurgist and physics teacher,
added: “Also if you have any practical problems the nurses are very good at
sorting it out for you and they are always there for you.”
Urology oncology clinical nurse specialist, Rachel
Hooper, said: “It is a big benefit for patients to see both a consultant and a
nurse specialist at these clinics. It helps them to get all the appropriate
information and support at what can be a very distressing time for a family.
“In addition to asking questions, and being given
explanations about their personal issue, we also give them information packs to
take away which signposts them to all kinds of ongoing support.”