27 March 2018

Trust’s bowel cancer services do well in national cancer audit

An Audit carried out by the National Bowel Cancer Audit (NBOCA), shows the Trust’s Bowel Cancer services doing well, with the lowest mortality rates and second lowest readmission rate in the South East region, with these indicators significantly better than the national average.

The audit looked at the care of 192 patients diagnosed with bowel cancer at the Trust between April 2015 and March 2016. Everyone was seen by colorectal nurse specialists. Of the 161 patients who underwent major surgery 3 out of 4 spent less than 5 days in hospital following their elective surgery.

Consultant Surgeon, Miss Imelda Donnellan, Chief of Service for Diagnostics Anaesthetics and Surgery said: “We are very proud to receive this recognition for our work in this national audit. The audit shows we are providing high quality care to our patients with bowel cancer. We are not complacent and know there is still more work to do to ensure our patients receive consistently good care. Our dedicated team of doctors and nurses are determined to maintain and improve on our good standards.”

The National Bowel Cancer Audit is a high-profile, collaborative, national clinical audit for bowel cancer, including colon and rectal cancer. It audits patients diagnosed with bowel cancer between April 2015 and March 2016 and is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme, and delivered jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons Clinical Effectiveness Unit, NHS Digital, and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

The National Bowel Cancer Audit (NBOCA) can be found on their website: www.nboca.org.uk