Patients will now be able to receive rapid, high quality and expert cancer care from the new specialist acute oncology service at Royal United Hospital (RUH), Bath.

The Acute Oncology Service has been possible through the appointment of two new consultant oncologists and a team of specialist nurses working alongside colleagues in the emergency department, general medicine and surgery.

The new service consists of a senior cancer nurse and a consultant oncologist who are available from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, providing specialist advice and support to both teams within the hospital and GPs across the region.

Dr Louise Medley, consultant medical oncologist at the RUH, said: “This service will improve outcomes for cancer patients requiring urgent care as rapid specialist review can prevent the onset, or quickly manage serious complications, improve a person's experience of care, reduce the need for emergency admissions, and shorten patients’ hospital stay.

“This is an additional service that helps to make sure emergency cancer patients receive the quickest and most appropriate treatment when they are in crisis, with access to specialist support and reassurance.”