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Patients back cancer care in North Yorkshire

A hospital trust in North Yorkshire has emerged at the top of a league table compiled from cancer patients who were quizzed about their experiences by the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust came top of the list as patients ranked their non-medical care.

Barnsley, Airedale and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust were also in the top 10.

Eight of the 10 hospitals at the bottom of the table were in London.

A Macmillan spokesman said support was important to cancer patients.

The league table was based on a Cancer Patient Experience Survey which provided the first opportunity to compare the performance of hospitals across the whole of England, the charity said.

The table measured cancer patients' experience while being treated at a hospital.

This included the number of nurses on duty, the level of support from health and social services, whether they were given the right emotional support or told about financial information.

'Overall experience'

The survey did not cover medical treatments, such as chemotherapy or surgery, or survival rates.

Stephen Richards, Director of Macmillan Cancer Support in England, said: "The overall experience you have in hospital can have a massive impact on your health and wellbeing and how well you cope once you return home.

Patients tell us they want information, emotional and practical help alongside their clinical care. "

Andrew Alldred, Clinical Director for Cancer and Support Services at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: "In Harrogate, we recognise that treating people with cancer is not just about having the right chemotherapy.

"Giving them emotional support and help for when they leave hospital is also crucial.

"We are delighted that Macmillan's survey has shown that we are taking the right approach as far as patients are concerned and we will be looking to build on that in the future."

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