PERFORMANCE: Information Prescriptions are being introduced at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals to support cancer patients.
The concept of providing cancer patients with a personalised package of information was born out of the 2004 National Cancer Audit, which found that almost 40 per cent did not receive adequate written information.
The Information Prescription is downloaded from one website – www.nhs.uk/IPG - which both health professionals and patients can access.
Lynn De Snoo, IP lead and specialist colorectal cancer nurse specialist, said: “Nationally in the past, the quality and quantity of written material has been a bit hit and miss.
“The IP programme is about making this consistent – ensuring that all patients receive good quality information relevant to their tumour type at the right time.”