Developing a clinic to meet patients’ pre-operative needs
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Developing a clinic to meet patients’ pre-operative needs

Alison Guest Macmillan lead nurse, gynaecological oncology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead Health NHS Trust
Helen Manderville Macmillan clinical nurse specialist, gynaecological oncology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead Health NHS Trust
Rachel Thompson Pre-assessment nurse, gynaecological oncology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead Health NHS Trust

Alison Guest and colleagues discuss their involvement in a project to pilot and introduce a service offering patients preparing for gynaecological surgery additional supportive care provided by clinical nurse specialists

This article describes a practice development project at a gynaecological oncology centre aimed at improving patient experience before admission for major pelvic surgery. Two full-time clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) were involved and the project was supported by a pre-assessment nurse. Centre staff saw 500 patient referrals with a suspected gynaecological malignancy each year. The CNS team thought that, due to the service design, some patients had too little time with a CNS, so a clinic was established to support patients’ care needs; evaluation indicates that the clinic gives patients an opportunity to discuss their pre-operative supportive care needs and enables post-operative care planning. It is now well established and an integral part of the patient pathway.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 11, 3,25-29. doi: 10.7748/cnp2012.04.11.3.25.c9036

Correspondence

alison.guest@ghnt.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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