Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust offers a comprehensive range of services for patients with suspected or diagnosed cancer within the local area. The Trust is a member of the newly formed West Midlands Strategic Clinical Network. As such has referral links with a number of local tertiary centres, including:
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust
- Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
- Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust
- The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust sees and manages patients with:
Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Gynaecological cancer, Haematological cancer, Head and Neck cancer, Lung cancer, , Skin cancer, Upper Gastrointestinal cancer and Urological cancer. There is also a very proactive Palliative care team offering holistic support in both the hospital and community settings.
Chemotherapy Treatments for most tumours are offered from the acute setting at Walsall Manor Hospital, and the community setting; the Palliative Care centre at Goscote and where possible, in patient’s homes.
Oncology consultant services are provided by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust through a Service Level Agreement with radiotherapy treatments provided by both University Hospitals Birmingham and Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals
In June 2011 the trust established an Acute Oncology Service, led by an experienced Oncology Nurse Consultant, The service supports the management of patients admitted non-electively with complications relating to their cancer or their cancer treatment. The service lead received a Highly Commended award at the recent Nursing Times awards for Cancer Nurse Leader of the year and has been nominated for a Health Service Journal Award for 2013 for acute service re-design.