Currently services for people who have or are suspected to have cancer are provided across three acute hospitals in Dorset. These services include a variety of outpatient, surgical and diagnostic services that work independently of one another. There is variation in the way symptoms are managed, how quickly patients are able to be treated, time of reconstruction surgery (if required) and follow up, including nurse specialist review.
The future will see one cancer network for surgical and non-surgical cancer services which will work across Dorset to deliver seamless, equitable care, regardless of where people live in the county. There will be a focus on effective prevention, and early and accurate diagnosis, with patients, carers and their families at the centre of services; supported and enabled to make informed choices, receive.