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Cancer nurse specialists

Clinical nurse specialists (CNS) can also be known as the ‘key worker’. These roles can be varied throughout healthcare, however within cancer care there are essential skills, knowledge and experience that are required to allow nurses to practice in this role.

The cancer CNS will use their own knowledge of cancer and treatment to meet the needs of the patient and co-ordinate their care plan.  By acting as the patient’s ‘key worker’ they will manage each individual case by working with members of the multidisciplinary team, to provide the best possible holistic care. Their roles will also include education, user involvement and service improvement.  

Gateshead Hospitals employ cancer nurse specialists within all the types of cancer that are treated here.You can find out more about our cancer nurse specialists by clicking on the roles below to expand the information.

Urology Nurse Practitioners

The specialist nursing team based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital work in partnership with the urology consultants who divide their time between Queen Elizabeth and Freeman Hospitals.   All aspects of care for patients with a cancer of the urinary tract are provided through an outpatient setting in Gateshead. The Urology Specialist Nurse Practitioner is involved in the diagnosis, treatment, follow up and management of patients across both hospitals.  This involves working with the multidisciplinary team based at Freeman Hospital and ensuring the smooth delivery of care to Gateshead patients.  The service is covered by the Urology Nurse Practitioners Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm. The Urology Specialist Nurse Practitioner works Monday to Thursday 7.30am-6pm. They can be contacted on 0191 4452217

Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists

The lung cancer nurse specialists work along side the chest physicians and oncologists to support lung cancer patients and their families.  The aim of the role is to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients throughout the disease pathway.  The lung cancer nurse can offer expert advise on disease management and  symptom control   as well as giving practical advice , information and emotional support to both patients and carers from  pre- diagnosis until end of life facilitating holistic care .The lung cancer nurses act as professional resources to other professionals and liase with both primary and secondary care  as well as with  other specialist settings such as hospices .  Involvement with the multi-disciplinary team is a key role ensuring a seamless service throughout the patient journey. The service is covered by the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. They can be contacted on 0191 4452881

Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist Team - Nurse Consultant

The Nurse Consultant is based within the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre which is located on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site. Providing expertise and support across the North of England Cancer Network for patients and professionals.  Through research and education within hospital, community settings and at Northumbria University the post holder develops the skills and expertise of members of the team and provides specialist care for patients and their families. The Gynaecological Nurse Consultant works flexibly between Queen Elizabeth hospital and Northumbria University.  She can be contacted by leaving a message with the secretary on 0191 4456148. 

Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist Team - Gynaecological Oncology Nurse Specialists

The nurse specialists provide support, information and advice to patients and their carers from the point of diagnosis throughout their treatment and into follow up.  The roles involve the management of post treatment side effects, including psychosocial, psychosexual and survivorship issues. Education, audit and research are also an essential part of the role to provide evidence based care. The Lead nurse also has a management and leadership element which is extended to work throughout the North of England Cancer Network.  The Gynaecological Oncology Nurse specialists can be contacted Monday to Friday 8.00am – 4.30pm by ringing switchboard on 0191 4820000.

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Officer

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Officer is a health professional who is experienced in cancer care.  The post holder manages the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre and volunteer support workers.  Information about all types of cancer, treatment and care to patients, carers, families, the general public and professionals is provided. This can be given in a variety of formats. Support to patients and their carers is provided through referral to agencies both locally and nationally.  iThis ncludes help with benefits, Macmillan grants, counselling and complimentary therapies.  Practical advice on living with cancer and getting the most out of services available is also part of the service. Education and training on cancer and treatments are also provided in the local community through schools, groups and in the workplace. An appointment can be made but this is not necessary as the centre operates on a ‘drop-in basis’ and you can do this between the hours of 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.  

The Colorectal Nurse Specialist Team

This nursing team works closely with the colorectal surgeons and oncologists, supporting and complimenting services provided to the colorectal patient, their families and carers.  The nurses are hospital based. The Colorectal Nurse Specialist is the key-worker for patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  Contact is established at diagnosis and continues throughout the patient’s journey.   The Stoma care Nurse provides specialist advice, education and support within the stoma care and fistula management field for malignancy and benign diseases.   Home visits and requests for specialist advice can be arranged by direct contact with the stoma care nurse.   The Colorectal Support Nurse is involved in supporting the work of both specialist nurses.  They run two stoma care clinics per week. Patients can contact the team for advice pre and post surgery or palliative treatments by telephone. The Colorectal Nurse Specialist works Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. The Stoma care service is covered Monday to Friday 9am -5pm. The Specialist Nurses can be contacted bon 0191 4453151 

Breast Care Nurse Specialists

The breast care nurse specialists see all patients who have a diagnosis of breast cancer.  This includes pre operative care and afterwards while an inpatient, receiving results and during treatment. They are involved in the weekly multi-disciplinary meeting. They can also support patients during screening and through the diagnostic phase if needed. They are available for advice, information or psychological support at any time during the patient’s journey.  Consultant follow up clinics are supported by the breast care nurse specialists and they are involved in the monthly breast cancer support group for patients. The breast care nurses’ work Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and can be contacted via switchboard 0191 4820000 or using the direct contact number provided by your allocated breast care nurse specialist.

Macmillan Acute Oncology Nurse Specialist

The Macmillan Acute Oncology Specialist Nurse is responsible for the management of patients with severe complications following the treatment of, or as a consequence of their previously diagnosed cancer. They also act as key worker for those patients diagnosed as having a cancer of unknown primary origin and have involvement in the management and co-ordination of care of patients known to have malignant spinal cord compression.  The post holder also provides support in the management of patients who present as emergencies with previously undiagnosed cancer. Working as part of the acute oncology service, access to consultant oncologist advice and assessment is provided if needed.  The service brings together expertise from oncology disciplines, emergency medicine, palliative care, and general medicine and general surgery and aims to prevent cancer patients being in hospital more often or longer than necessary. The Acute Oncology Service is available Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30 by contacting the Macmillan Acute Oncology Specialist Nurse either by direct line 0191 445 5751 or contact main switchboard and ask for bleep numbe 3160.

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