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Sciensus care improves quality of life for cancer patients

Dr Aspasia Soultati is a consultant medical oncologist with a specialist interest in genitourinary and colorectal cancers. Dr Soultati works for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

I have been working with Sciensus for the past three years, and they offer care at home to my patients who require chemotherapy and other targeted treatments. The system works very effectively.

Sciensus nurses will assess the patients and administer treatment at home. They also offer holistic support. A range of staff are involved with my patients, from the nurses who deliver chemotherapy to the assessment nurse who can be contacted 24 hours a day if any patients develop side effects. There is also a pharmacist who prepares and organises the medicines required.

When we talk about quality of life for patients with cancer, we are not just talking about managing the side effects of treatment. We also consider how they use their time. Patients want to spend their time at home rather than in hospital waiting to be assessed or have their bloods taken.

The service offered by Sciensus saves them time and has also kept patients safe during the pandemic as they don’t need to come into hospital. When patients give feedback about Sciensus care they say it offers a significant benefit to their quality of life.

For me, working with Sciensus is like having a hospital outside the hospital. The staff have a direct and immediate approach to communication and are very organised. I communicate often with the pharmacists and specialist nurses, on the phone, by text or by email.

They are also flexible with organisation. With cancer patients, the treatment plan can change at the last minute and Sciensus has always been very efficient in making and managing those changes. Even in difficult circumstances, with patients who have enhanced needs as they are very unwell or require a palliative team, the Sciensus staff work very efficiently to support those patients.