Spire Hartswood receive prestigious Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) award

10 October 2017

Spire Hartswood are celebrating their achievement, after once again receiving a prestigious award that recognises high standards in cancer care.

We have successfully retained the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) for the third time in succession, in recognition of our cancer service’s on-going commitment to providing a high-quality environment for people affected by cancer.  Assessed by an external panel to be “very good” and to provide an “excellent” service experience to both our in-patients and out-patients.

The award was first launched in 2009 by Macmillan Cancer Support. It is the first in the UK that specifically assesses how well buildings such as chemotherapy units provide support and care to people affected by cancer.

Alex Edghill RGN BSc HONS, Clinical Senior Nurse Specialist for Breast and Cosmetic Services said “Retaining the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) for a further three years is a huge honour.  It highlights our continued commitment to deliver the highest level of care to our patients.  To receive this award again, indicates that the work that everyone does at the hospital continues to make a significant difference to everyone affected by cancer.”

Hospital Director, Jo Dean, proudly comments, “The award recognises the consistency of quality of care within our Hospital for our patients affected by cancer.   It’s an acknowledgement that our staff are succeeding in making our hospital such a welcoming, supportive and caring environment for local patients and their families. I would like to thank the team for their constant hard work.”

About Spire Hartswood, Brentwood from Macmillian

‘Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood offers cancer services to inpatients and outpatients from Brentwood, Billericay Basildon, Romford and surrounding parts of Essex.  As an independent provider of healthcare, patients require private medical insurance or the means to pay for their treatment.

Spire Hartswood Hospital treat a wide range of cancers although the main tumour site is breast cancer.  The services include diagnosis and cancer staging, surgical treatment, reconstructive surgery and chemotherapy.  The ground breaking DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) breast reconstruction surgery is offered and successful operations are increasing year on year with very positive results.

Chemotherapy treatment is provided in private rooms with en suite facilities and there is 24 access to the oncology nurses, who provide on-going support to patients and their families.’

To receive the award, environments have to score highly in areas such as use of space, comfort and atmosphere, personal and social interaction and health and well being.  Consideration is given to such things as the greeting people receive when they come to a centre, the use of natural light and outdoor space, and the availability of quiet, private rooms – all areas that were highlighted as really important by people living with cancer who helped develop the award.

Please contact Spire Hartswood on 01277 232 525 if you wish for more information on our cancer services and one stop breast clinics.


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