Kettering General Hospital`s Ambulatory Lung Cancer Service team has been shortlisted for a prestigious national team award.
The team which is made up of respiratory consultants, lung cancer nurse specialists, and members of the multidisciplinary team – have been nominated in the Cancer Care category of the 2016 BMJ Awards sometimes called the health service s Oscars.
The service reduces the need to admit lung cancer patients to overnight stays in hospital by instead seeing them on the ambulatory care as a day case where their ongoing care needs can be addressed, and then they can go home on the same day.
Consultant in respiratory medicine, Dr Raja Reddy, said: We were nominated for the extensive work that our team has undertaken in preventing emergency admissions to the hospital of patients who have lung cancer.
We established the service in 2013-2014 and we see some 10 patients per month in our Ambulatory Care Unit in the hospital s main ward block.
As a clinical team we aim to identify all suspected or proven lung cancer patients who are at risk of admission from complications or symptoms.
We then proactively treat these patients and oversee their ongoing care through clinics we have established in our Ambulatory Care Unit.
In order to do this we had to setup innovative diagnostic facilities on the ACU including ultrasound guided biopsy facilities.
The service is a great benefit for patients because quite often we are able to do a rapid one stop service for these patients, sometimes within a couple of hours of referral, by their GP.
It means they get the assessment, treatment and reassurance they need straight away without them needing to go through the process of being admitted, waiting to see specialists, and then going through a discharge process before going home.
By utilising this approach we managed to reduce the number of bed days occupied by the lung cancer patients by an impressive 57% over the last twelve months. (710 bed days actually saved.)
This is better for the patients as they are able to stay at home and still get the care they need. It also helps the hospital by keeping medical beds free for other kinds of emergency patients.
Kettering General Hospital’s team will compete against four other healthcare organisations and present to a team of expert judges to win the overall Cancer Care Award on 8th March 2016. (the winners will be announced on 5th May)
A BMJ spokesman said: “Dr Raja Reddy and his team at Kettering General Hospital have been shortlisted for the BMJ Awards 2016 Cancer Care Category for their work providing an innovative ambulatory lung cancer service.
“Our awards recognise and celebrate the inspirational work done by doctors and their teams.
“Every shortlisted team will be presented at a gala dinner on 5th May 2016 at the Park Plaza Hotel, London when the winners for each category will be announced.”