Hospital’s cancer unit given thumbs-up

The entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The entrance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital

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Standards at the cancer care and haematology unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital have received a thumbs-up from a national charity.

The unit retained the prestigious Macmillan quality environment mark (MQEM) for another three years after making further improvements.

It is the first assessment tool of its kind in the UK and aims to set the highest possible standards for cancer care environments – accessible, welcoming, respectful of privacy and dignity, gives choices and listens to patients.

Once awarded, the mark lasts for three years when the service is then visited again and reassessed.

Penny Boon, Macmillan cancer education and information facilitator at the unit, said: “Since 2011, we have worked closely with Macmillan Cancer Support to facilitate ongoing improvements to ensure that our service excels.

“This has included refreshing the garden area and providing more supportive activities for patients and their families such as a creative arts programme.

“Passing the reassessment held in March to receive the mark for a further three years is evidence of the hard work and dedication by the team and also of the support from the public.”

Discussions are now under way to review how the unit can expand its capacity.

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