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New guidelines to improve emergency care for people with cancer


Hospital staff caring for people with the complications of cancer or its treatment will now have access to new regional guidelines which provide specialist advice to ensure timely, high quality care. An innovative part of this development means the guidelines are also available to hospital staff as a mobile app for smartphones.

The guidelines have been prepared in parallel with the development of an Acute Oncology Service, which, among other things, is specifically focused on the care of people with complications of cancer or its treatment.

People with cancer may need to be admitted to hospital at night or weekends, when their cancer doctor may not necessarily be available to manage their care. The new guidelines help ensure that whatever the particular problem and regardless of the time of day an individual patient may need to be admitted to hospital, all the clinical staff will be able to provide the best possible care.

Dr Miriam McCarthy, Consultant in Public Health and chair of the Acute Oncology Group said:

“People in Northern Ireland with cancer have access to very high quality care from a wide range of clinical staff. The development of the new acute oncology guidelines will help ensure the same high quality care in the management of complications or emergencies people may experience as part of their cancer journey. For doctors and nurses, the ability to access the guidelines on an app is really helpful and ensures that timely expert advice is available without delay at all times of the day and night.”

The guidelines have been developed with input from people with cancer, their families and cancer charities. The development of the guidelines and app was made possible by the financial support provided by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The guidelines are available on the NICaN website www.cancerni.net and the MicroGuide app is available for download onto Apple or Android devices.

Download it free from the AppStore or Google Play