Gynaecology

​The gynaecology cancer service provides surgery, oncology (chemotherapy/radiotherapy/brachytherapy) and palliative treatments for people with ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vaginal and vulva cancers. The team also provides surgery and brachytherapy treatment for patients from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust.

About the service

During your journey you will be looked after by a dedicated team of specialists. The team will plan and coordinate your care with you. The multidisciplinary team (MDT) consists of gynaecological cancer surgeons, oncologists, clinical nurse specialists, histopathologists (who look at your biopsies/surgical specimens under the microscope)  and radiologists (who report your scans). The team meet once a week on a Monday morning to discuss your diagnosis and plan the best care for you. Having the input of specialist staff from a variety of clinical backgrounds helps give a rounded, complete view of each patient's case and therefore results in better care.

We understand the complex emotions and pressures that come with a cancer diagnosis and the subsequent treatment. We therefore take every measure possible to ensure you are made as comfortable as possible during your treatment. 

We are a specialist centre for this type of cancer treatment and have a huge catchment area for patients. We receive referrals from other trusts within our network, even going as far as Wales.

Quiet rooms are available, where we can speak to you in peace, away from the hubbub of the wards and the busy outpatient clinic environment. You will usually be taken here whilst given your diagnosis, so that you can concentrate properly on what is being said to you and discuss sensitive matters in private with your clinician and nurse specialist. A consultant will sit with you and explain your diagnosis, along with possible treatment options. They will be accompanied by a clinical nurse specialist who is there to support you and help with any questions or concerns you may have and act as your point of contact. Your family are also welcome to attend if you wish.

One-to-one appointments with your clinician can be requested. The quiet rooms can be reserved for this purpose and your family and friends are welcome to attend as well. The ward staff or your clinical nurse specialist can organise the appointment for you.

Pre-assessments are carried out for patients coming for minor and major surgery.

New and follow-up clinics enable our clinicians to assess your condition and share information and treatment options. Tests may also be organised, if necessary. It also gives you an opportunity to discuss how you are feeling and let us know if there is anything further we can do to help.

Nurse-led appointments offer an opportunity to discuss your condition or to discuss your emotional wellbeing after treatment. Not all patients will need this level of support.

There is a counselling team available. Please speak to your clinical nurse specialist if you would like them to refer you to this service for extra support.

Our clinical nurse specialists are able to meet with you and your family if you require advice on how to cope with your condition once you're back at home. The ward has a dedicated team of discharge facilitators who will help arrange any extra support you may require.   

Sadly, some types of gynaecological cancer can affect your ability to continue in a normal sexual pattern. The effects of this can be emotionally distressing for both you and your partner and we therefore provide psychosexual counselling for patients who are affected in this way.

The Staffordshire Gynae Cancer Support Group is facilitated by the clinical nurse specialist team and is a group that welcomes Staffordshire patients who have been affected by a gynaecological cancer. The group meet once a month. Please contact the clinical nurse specialist team for more information.

Clinical team, contacts and clinics

Gynaecological cancer surgeons

Mr R Todd, Mr M Kodampur, Ms S Soo-Hoo
Mr N Raut
Mr K Chin

Oncologists

Dr R Bhana
Dr L El-Helw
Dr S Joseph

Clinical nurse specialist team

The clinical nurse specialist for gynaecological cancer is Sarah Bielby. Sarah is supported by specialist support nurse Lyndsay Camm.  They may also be referred to as your "key worker". Sarah and Lyndsay will share information about your wishes and needs at the weekly team meeting. They are trained nurses with skills and experience in caring for women with a gynaecological cancer.  They will help you by answering any questions you may have and provide written information on your diagnosis, treatments or symptoms.

The clinical nurse specialist team work in partnership with ward staff to ensure referrals to other services, such as local community cancer and palliative care teams, are made.

Lyndsay and Sarah can also discuss a variety of issues, including:

•Surgery and recovery

•Radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments

•Finding you support and information on how to address financial worries or concerns

•Other support services including social services, home and hospice care

•Emotional and psychological support and counselling

•Symptom management

•Fatigue management

•Employment

•Driving and holiday travel

•Help with referring to relevant teams to obtain adaptations for the home/environmental aids

•Medications

•Local and national support groups

•Contact point for other member of the team

Sarah and Lyndsay are available from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, 01782 672799 . An answer machine service is available where messages can be left outside of this time. Please leave a message and they will return your call.

You contact them on a pager via Hospital Switchboard on 01782 715 444 or email sarah.bielby@uhnm.nhs.uk  Lyndsay.camm@uhnm.nhs.uk

 

Clinics

Clinics to see the surgeons are held in surgical outpatients 1.

Clinics to see the oncologists prior to treatment and during treatment are held in the cancer centre or the outpatient department at County Hospital.


Further information and support

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre will:

•Listen to how cancer is affecting your life

•Provide a wide range of free booklets and other written information

•Put you in touch with other sources of support such as local counselling services, benefits advisers and support groups

The centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The address is:

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre
University Hospitals of North Midlands
Ground Floor, Main Building
Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent
ST4 6QG

Call us on 01782 676333 or

e-mail us at macmillancentre@uhns.nhs.uk

Please note, we are unrelated to the local Douglas Macmillan Hospice, despite the word Macmillan in both our names.

If you are making a special journey, please ring to make an appointment so you are not kept waiting

The Dove Service
(support and counselling) is a local service provided at The Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley - Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Tel:  01782 683153

Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service at Disability Solutions
North Staffs Medical Institute
Hartshill Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 7NY
Telephone: 01782 667321

Douglas Macmillan Hospice
(inpatient and day centre facilities) Barlaston Road Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent. Tel: 01782 344300

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan.org.uk
Helpline 0808 808 0000