The Survivorship Team at Peterborough City Hospital
Anyone receiving cancer treatment at our hospitals will expect to see consultants, nurses, healthcare assistants, and radiologists during their hospital visits, but there is a small group of people who also play a large role in a patient’s cancer journey.
The Survivorship Team works across Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals supporting patients, and their families, living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis offering both practical and emotional support.
“A cancer diagnosis can be life-altering and can infiltrate all areas of the person’s life,” said Alanna Farrow, a cancer support worker at Peterborough City Hospital. “We work with patients to identify their needs, ensuring information is tailored to them and support their wider health and wellbeing.”
The Survivorship Team at Hinchingbrooke Hospital
During the first wave, the team temporarily paused their service and were redeployed to support other teams within cancer services, such as arranging for patients to have their bloods taken at locations away from the hospitals or within their own homes, to reduce the number of patients in the Oncology Departments.
“Our service resumed in May and we noticed that our patients’ concerns have changed slightly, said Hinchingbrooke Support Worker, Nicole Hayden. “More and more patients spoke about feeling lonely and isolated as a result of shielding for months, but we have been able to signpost them to support services that will benefit them.
“It is a privilege to be a supportive presence outside of their family network and away from the clinical setting.”