Hospital uses new technology to communicate with cancer patients

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Hospital uses new technology to communicate with cancer patients

Specialist nurses at Kettering General Hospital are using skype and facetime as a way of communicating with concerned patients at home as part of a pioneering project.

The Macmillan Prostate Project is exploring ways to better support stable prostate cancer patients in environments where they are comfortable.

This could include skyping them at home or maybe visiting groups of people at work or in a leisure environment where groups of men regularly meet.

Kettering General Hospital’s Macmillan Prostate Cancer Nurse Specialist Janine Cullen said: “It is important that our patients feel relaxed and comfortable whilst communicating with us.

“New media like skype and facetime allow people to see and interact with us in a more personal way than a telephone call – and it is something many people are now increasingly familiar and comfortable with.

“The aim of the Macmillan Prostate Project is to make sure that all stable patients who fit certain criteria will have the opportunity for continued follow-up outside of the hospital environment.

“We are being quite innovative by exploring methods of communication like skype and facetime to see if they will be a popular way of us following up these patients.”

The Macmillan Prostate Project is running across Northamptonshire to ensure there is an equitable service for all stable prostate cancer patients. This involves both Kettering General and Northampton General Hospital working closely together.

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