Spire Dunedin Hospital in Reading, Berkshire has launched a new priority service this week for local patients with cancer, or suspected cancer, covering the skin, breast, upper gastrointestinal tract and colorectal areas.
With summer approaching and this week marking Sun Awareness Week in the UK, the new service guarantees an appointment with a Dunedin cancer specialist within one week of a GP referral, providing fast access to diagnosis and if the patient is found to have cancer, the option of treatment in a caring and comfortable environment with the latest technologies and dedicated specialist teams.
Maragaret da Costa, Head of Clinical Services, says: ‘Having to deal with a possible cancer diagnosis is a stressful and emotional time for any patient, for those that would like to use their private medical insurance or own funds to seek diagnosis and treatment, the one week service from Dunedin provides them with a simple and fast way to do that.’
Dr Rima Clayton, a consultant Dermatologist specialising in skin cancer at Spire Dunedin Hospital, adds: ‘The launch of this new service is very timely as it’s Sun Awareness Week and in the UK more than two young adults are diagnosed with malignant melanoma every day. Early diagnosis and treatment for any cancer is key, and this service will aid in providing that for Berkshire patients.