The centre’s comprehensive range of services includes:
- Radiotherapy treatment centre for Dorset
- 17 bed level 3 haematology ward
- 16 bed oncology ward which also provides specialist care for patients undergoing brachytherapy and radioactive ablation
- Oncology day care centre which provides 14 treatment seats/beds for the delivery of chemotherapy, intrathecal chemotherapy, stem cell harvesting and a purpose built room for teenagers/young adults
- Open access unit, based in the day care centre, which triages patients experiencing side effects of treatment and/or oncological emergencies
- Forest Holme, a 12 bed specialist palliative care unit, and the base for seven community specialist palliative care nurses, generalist palliative care team, hospital palliative care team, counselling and bereavement service, lymphoedema and outpatient clinics, as well as a dedicated fundraising team
- Haematology and Oncology Outpatient Unit
- Complementary Therapy Service
- Oncology Social Worker
The Dorset Cancer Centre champions a truly multi-disciplinary approach to providing care tailored to each patient. The wider team includes clinical oncologists, medical oncologists, haematologists, radiotherapy physicists, therapy radiographers, specialist nurses (RGN, site specific), oncology/haematology ward-based nurses (RGN), chemotherapy day care nurses (RGN), healthcare assistants (HCAs), social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, complimentary therapists, ward housekeepers, ward clerks and receptionists.
Opportunities to develop your career include rotational posts for newly qualified RGN’s to gain experience in clinical oncology, haematology, delivery of chemotherapy and specialist palliative care.
Developmental posts include band 6 associate nurse specialists. We also offer access to postgraduate training in oncology and haematology. The Dorset Cancer Centre has more than 15 site specific specialist nurses, who are encouraged to undertake specialist training in their field of expertise at master’s level. HCAs are also encouraged to undertake additional training at NVQ level 3, and develop personal training portfolios. HCAs also have access to gaining specialist knowledge within certain disease sites through the clinical nurse specialists.
For more information, please contact Andrea Moxham, matron for oncology, on 01202 448088.