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Cancer & Long Term Chronic Illnesses

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On this page you will find information on the range of services available for patients who have received a diagnosis of cancer, or other long-term chronic illness.

  • Cancer Services

    • Services for patients with cancer may be provided by a number of different departments within the Princess Elizabeth Hospital or in community based clinics.  Where appropriate, patients may also be seen at home.
    • Bulstrode Oncology Unit
    • Bulstrode Oncology Unit is dedicated to the care of patients with cancer.  A team of three oncologists review patients in outpatient clinics to discuss care needs.  In addition, the unit supports a visiting consultant from Southampton who reviews patients with lymphoma and other related cancers.
    • Patients requiring treatment are seen by the nursing team, who are specially trained to administer a wide range of anti-cancer therapies and who support patients through the course of their treatment.
    • Bulstrode Oncology Unit has just received two new scalp cooling machines that can help to reduce the incidence of hair loss caused by some treatments. If this is suitable for you, this will be discussed at your initial appointment with a member of the nursing team.
    • For anyone losing their hair through cancer treatments, there is support available from a member of the team to help choose, order and style a wig with you.
    • The team are supported by volunteers from Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief who serve meals and drinks to patients and relatives during chemotherapy sessions. 
    • Information booklets about specific cancers and advice on how to cope with some of the side effects or problems associated with a cancer diagnosis are available in the reception area.
    • Breast Unit
    • A Breast Care Nurse Specialist based in the Breast Unit at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital manages the care of women with both benign and disease in both the hospital and the community.
    • A clinical Nurse Specialist provides a cancer related lymphoedema service who works closely with the Breast Care Nurse specialist and palliative care specialist. Together they assess, monitor and treat lymphoedema which has developed as a consequence of cancer or its treatment. Out-patient clinics are currently held in Bulstrode Oncology Unit.
    • A free and confidential breast screening service is available for women over 50 years. The Breast Unit also deals with the treatment of cyclical and non-cyclical breast pain.
    • First line treatments include:
    • Wearing a correctly fitting supportive bra; a night bra can be useful when symptoms are particularly severe
      • Reduce caffeine intake
      • Reduce dietary fat intake
      • Take regular exercise
      • 6-8 week therapeutic dose of primrose oil prescribed by your GP or Consultant Breast Surgeon.
    • Second line treatments include a referral by your GP to the Breast Specialist at the Breast Unit. To arrange a breast screening appointment contact the Breast Unit on Tel: 01481 223730.
    • Support Services Links
    • Guernsey Cancer Support
    • Bright Tights
    • Pink Ladies
    • Head and Neck Support Group
      • A monthly, friendly, informal, group coffee and chat, for people affected by cancer of the head and neck
      • Telephone: 07781 140857
      • Email:
    • Guernsey Myeloma Support Group
    • Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief
  • Palliative Care Services

    • What is palliative care?
    • Palliative care is an approach which improves the quality of life for patients and their families facing life-threatening illness, through the prevention, assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems.
    • How do I access this service?
    • Patients are referred to the Specialist Palliative Care Team by GPs, hospital staff, Social Workers and other agencies. You may also refer yourself by calling 220000 and asking for Specialist Palliative Care Team, although we may need to consult with your Doctor before making arrangements to visit you.
    • Who are the Palliative Care Team?
    • The team consists of clinical nurse specialists and a palliative care social worker.
    • The Palliative Care Specialist Nurses' role focuses on symptom control and support from diagnosis throughout a patient's illness, end of life care and bereavement.
    • The social worker acts as a care co-ordinator and helps patients and families understand their options, identify services they need, and assist with completion of necessary paperwork, such as social security benefit claim forms or advanced care plans.
    • The team is supported by various other health care professionals including dieticians, physiotherapists, community services and other specialist nurses.
    • We also have access to a team of Palliative Care Consultants who provide us with valuable support and advice from their wide knowledge and experience.
    • How can they help you?
    • Pain control - we aim to treat all aspects of pain, including pain caused by any previous underlying illness.
    • Symptom control - we aim to treat the majority of symptoms which occur throughout the illness.
    • End of life - Provide psychological and emotional support to patients and their families.
    • Contact the Specialist Palliative Care Team
    • Specialist Palliative Care Team, Bulstrode Oncology Unit, Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Rue Mignot, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8TW
    • Call 220000 and ask for Specialist Palliative Care Team or email
  • Community Urology/Continence Service

    • The Community Urology/Continence Team provide a free service to all Bailiwick of Guernsey patients registered with a G.P. practice.
    • On referral to the service, an assessment of the patient's needs will be made based on the information received. Where possible the patient will be offered a nurse of the same sex.
    • A clinic or home appointment will be made so a more in depth assessment may be undertaken. On completion of the assessment an individualised treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with by the patient and further follow up contacts will be made. 
    • Referrals can be made by the patient's G.P. or other members of the Multidisciplinary Team.  We also accept self-referrals, although we may need to consult with your G.P. for further medical information before making an appointment to see you.
    • How to contact the Community Urology/Continence Service: 
    • Community Urology/Continence Service, Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Telephone:  01481 220000 ext: 25448 or 25449.
  •  Pain Service

    • What we do
    • This service provides psychological assessment and psychological treatment for people experiencing chronic pain with conditions such as Acquired Brain Injury, stroke, MS, Parkinson's, Epilepsy. It also offers a highly effective pain management program, and consultation services are provided for other health professionals and third sector organisations on issues of chronic pain.
    • Clinical Leadership is provided to chronic pain teams and service developments regarding psychological wellbeing in long-term health conditions. The service consists of a Clinical Psychologist, Consultant and Specialist Pain Nurses and Physiotherapist. 
    • Service users can be referred by their G.P. or a Consultant.
  •  Neuropsychology

    • Neuropsychology provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services for adults experiencing cognitive and neurobehavioural symptoms.  Conditions include acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and cancer-related cognitive impairment. 
    • Consultation services are offered to other health professionals and third sector organisations.   The service consists of a Consultant Neuropsychologist and Assistant Psychologist based at the Princess Elizabeth hospital.
    • Service users may be referred by their GP or medical consultant.     
  • Consultant and Specialist Nurses

    • The Consultant and Specialist Nurses provide care and support for people with long-term conditions and life-limiting illnesses.
    • This includes healthy lifestyles, prevention of disease, self-management, and health monitoring. They also support patients before and after treatment, on and off island and end of life care as well as offering specialised assessment and treatment interventions.
    • Colorectal /Stoma Service
    • Colorectal and Stoma Care Clinical Nurse Specialists are key workers for patients undergoing major bowel surgery or for those requiring surgery where a stoma is formed.  This includes:
      • Providing on-going support;
      • Being responsive to patient's needs;
      • Acting as a link between other professionals such as Consultant Colorectal Surgeons and Consultant Oncologists;
      • Reviewing patients with bladder cancers and gynaecological cancers that require stoma formation and providing pre-operative counselling.
      • Providing appropriate, relevant information regarding diagnosis, investigation and treatment options;
      • Providing pre-operative counselling and psycho/emotional support for patients given a new Bowel Cancer diagnosis who require surgery or patients requiring surgery for non-cancer related bowel problems. This includes explanations about the intended surgery using enhanced recovery;
      • Community visits for post-operative stoma patients until they are well enough to attend the outpatient clinic;
      • Working closely with Guernsey Ostomates Self Help Support group and Mary's Wish, which is a befriending service for newly diagnosed bowel cancer patients.
    • Referral details
    • It is a free service to all Bailiwick of Guernsey patients registered with a GP Practice.
    • Referrals are accepted from all Health Care Professionals and self-referrals from patients or their relatives requiring advice/ongoing support.
    • Contact us:  The Princess Elizabeth Hospital Tel: 220000 Ext: 4282, Andrea Le Page, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Colorectal and Stoma Care Sadie Robilliard, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Colorectal and Stoma Care Kay Hardwick Colorectal and Stoma Care Nurse (Covering CNS Sadie Robilliard's Maternity Leave)


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