Our priority over the last few months has been ensuring that everyone who needs cancer treatment and urgent and essential care has been able to get it when they need it.
To reduce the spread of the virus by avoiding unnecessary contact, some non-urgent appointments, diagnostic procedures and planned surgeries were postponed or replaced with telephone or video consultations.
We are now preparing to gradually bring back some of these face-to-face services with the intention to be at normal capacity by the end of August, but only where that can be done safely and where the need of the patient has been risk assessed by the clinical team. The virus is still circulating and we don’t want to put our patients, the public or our staff at greater risk.
We will ask patients to attend face-to-face services only when it is clinically necessary. Where possible, appointments will continue to be offered using remote services such as a video or phone consultation. If you attend our sites then you must wear a face covering or mask and you will undergo a brief health screen at the front door to check your temperature and ensure you are directed to the correct area.
Wherever possible we ask that you attend alone, if you require any assistance or support we will endeavour to provide this.
If you are in a high-risk group and do not wish to come in, please get in touch with the relevant service via the contact details in your appointment letter.
The Kent Oncology Centre provides oncology services to Kent, Medway and East Sussex. Consultant Oncologists are employed by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and provide outpatient clinics at both of the Trust’s hospitals. They also provide outpatient clinics at The Conquest, Darent Valley, Kent & Canterbury, Medway Maritime, QEQM and William Harvey Hospitals.
The Kent Oncology Centre provides a full range of chemotherapy and supportive treatments at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals and Radiotherapy services in Maidstone and Kent & Canterbury Hospitals.
Brachytherapy is provided at Maidstone Hospital for gynaecological and prostate cancers.
An 18 bedded inpatient haemato-oncology ward provides inpatient treatments for haematological cancers (leukaemia, myeloma, lymphoma).
Tunbridge Wells Hospital
Kent & Canterbury Hospital