In this section you will find links to other websites and patient information leaflets which you may find useful.
Breast Cancer Care
Boot Out Breast Cancer
Macmillan Cancer Support
Cancer Information Prescriptions
In 2004, the National Audit Office found that nearly 40% of cancer patients did not receive written cancer information. This finding encouraged key charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK with the National Cancer Action Team to develop a coordinated way of ensuring all cancer patients receive written cancer information. The phrase “information prescription” is simply a metaphor for providing patients, carers and families with the information they require.
In 2010 Bolton NHS Foundation Trust became a beacon site for information prescriptions. This was supported by the specialist breast care nurses who received training to be able to deliver this to patients. All nurses within the breast unit have now had training in information prescriptions.
It was recognised that there was already a good system in place for patients attending the breast unit for written information from the specialist breast care nurses and clinic nurses at pre-assessment. The introduction of information prescriptions has enabled a wider range of information to be offered to patients at all points of the patient’s pathway. Patients attending the breast unit are offered the relevant information to access the Information Prescription website which is hosted on the NHS Choices website and can be accessed by following this link: www.nhs.uk/ips