The Bolton Breast Unit nursing team won a top award in June 2012 in Breast Cancer Care’s first ever Nursing Network Awards which recognises best practice in specialist breast care nursing across the UK. The unit was recognised in the Best Patient Support Initiative category for the ‘Day case/One night stay breast surgical pathway’ project.
This is a scheme to reduce the length of hospital stays for breast cancer patients and improve and enhance the patient experience by allowing them to recover in their own home. Results show the changes have reduced the length of stay by 70% for some patient groups. The national average length of stay for mastectomy was 4.45 days, and changes at the Bolton Breast Unit shortened the stay to 1.75 days for 75% of mastectomy patients. Audit data has also shown patient experience and standard of care have improved.
Jacqueline Parkinson, Breast Clinic Nurse at the Bolton Breast Unit and nominee said:
“The team have continued to work hard despite all the changes happening within the NHS and it’s fantastic they have been recognised by Breast Cancer Care for continuing to provide an excellent service to their patients.”