- Reference Number: HEY-157/2018
- Departments: Breast Care, Oncology (Cancer Services)
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This leaflet has been produced to give you general information about the Macmillan Breast Care Nursing Team at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who is based at Castle Hill Hospital. The team work closely within local and national guidelines to provide ongoing practical and psychological support to the individual diagnosed with breast cancer, their family and close ones, throughout the treatment pathway. The team is also available to give advice and support to individuals with benign breast disease.
What is the function of the Nurse Specialist in Breast Care?
Breast Care Nurses are qualified nurses, who have also undergone further specialist education and training in caring for patients with breast disease. The Breast Care Nurse will be your key worker throughout your treatment pathway and will liaise closely with the multi-disciplinary team involved with your care.
How can we help you?
In order to help you fully understand your treatment plan and so that you receive an appropriate level of support, we can arrange contact with a member of the Breast Care Nursing Team for you. This contact could be by telephone or alternatively an appointment can be arranged for you to see them at the Breast Unit.
Your Breast Care Key Worker is:
When you attend for an appointment with your Breast Specialist, there is usually a Breast Care Nurse available should you wish to see one. You can also contact her at any point, even after all your treatment has been completed, should you wish to discuss anything that you feel is important to you.
How to contact the team
The Hull and East Yorkshire Macmillan Breast Care Nursing Team works Monday to Friday. Messages can be left on the answer phone and will be dealt with between the hours of
Monday to Thursday (09:00-16:00)
The team will endeavour to return your call within 48 hours (unless messages are left outside of these hours, over the weekend or on Bank Holidays when calls will be returned within 48 hours of the first working day.
All members of the Macmillan Breast Care Nursing Team can be contacted by telephone on (01482) 622013. Please note that this is not an emergency number.
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support works with a wide range of agencies and health professionals to provide better services for patients with cancer from the point of diagnosis. Macmillan Cancer Support works in partnership with the National Health Service to improve the provision of main stream healthcare for people with cancer and their families. Macmillan Cancer Support funds nurses, doctors and buildings for cancer care and also provides patient grants to people who have cancer or who are experiencing the effects of cancer and are in financial need.
General Advice and Consent
Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.
Consent to treatment
Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.
The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:
- you must be able to give your consent
- you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
- you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person
Information about you
We collect and use your information to provide you with care and treatment. As part of your care, information about you will be shared between members of a healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Your information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service, and to help with research. Wherever possible we use anonymous data.
We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide you with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for you.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.
If you or your carer needs information about your health and wellbeing and about your care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.