The Cancer Services Team and the Douglas Macmillan Oncology Unit aims to provide the best possible standards of cancer treatment, care and support.

In 2014 Yeovil Hospital’s Oncology Unit was awarded the seal of approval by an organisation which awards accreditation to hospital services for achieving excellence in the delivery of cancer care services in England. The hospital was also ranked in the top ten of cancer charity Macmillan’s national league table of hospital trusts for caring for patients with cancer.

Yeovil Hospital has demonstrated the quality and safety of its adult oncology services against the highest standards in the country, and shown it is dedicated to continually improving the experience we deliver. As part of the accreditation process the hospital had to meet more than 300 separate measures and host a rigorous two-day visit by specialists from CHKS, who spoke to consultants, doctors, nurses, therapists, support staff, volunteers and patients.

In partnership with other hospitals in the South West, we deliver treatment for patients through surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Working together with St Margaret’s Hospice, we also provide palliative care services.

The team includes surgeons, physicians, radiologists and pathologists, oncologists, cancer nurse specialists and other healthcare professionals.

We also have a team of co-ordinators who track patients with suspected cancer from their referral by GP to first treatment to ensure that all tests and appointments are undertaken quickly. Each team has a cancer nurse specialist who is available to answer questions, provide support to patients and their families and liaise with other services and hospitals to ensure that our care is of the highest standard.

The Oncology Unit is a purpose-built centre staffed by dedicated professionals to facilitate the assessment and treatment of patients with suspected or confirmed cancer. The unit also provides information, support and financial advice as well as complementary services/therapies.