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Cancer Health and Care Services 'You Said, We Did'

As part of the engagement work for the BLMK Long Term Plan, a number of focus groups were facilitated by Healthwatch Bedford Borough and Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire during 2019.

You told us: Our response:

At the workshops you told us that treatment and care after diagnosis was seen to be working well, however:

more health education was needed, with campaigns that don’t just focus on screening, but providing other information, such as the increase in survival rates and new treatments.

screening should not be restricted by age.

for communication to be improved and more timely, throughout the cancer journey to help people make informed choices and to raise awareness of all the services that are available.

Rolled-out of Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) in primary care to try to catch bowel cancer early.

Introduced new roles in the hospital and community to support patients at the point of diagnosis and throughout treatment

Introduced ‘Coping with your diagnosis’ opportunities for patients to talk to health professionals at point of diagnosis

Increased access to physical activity with trained professionals

We also plan to:

Improve primary care education and public awareness on recognising signs and symptoms of cancer

Better explain the reasons for restricting screening by age which are due to value for money and quality of care

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