As she moves on to a new role, Bincy Baby, one of the amazing nurses at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was kind enough to describe her experience of helping patients on a Hope for Tomorrow mobile cancer care unit.
As a mobile cancer care charge nurse for the past two years, I have had the privilege of working closely with cancer patients and their families during one of the most challenging times of their lives. My role has been to oversee the care of these patients as they receive treatment both in the hospital and at home, ensuring that they receive the highest level of care and attention. As someone who has been involved in setting up a mobile cancer care unit, I can attest to the tremendous impact that this kind of work can have on cancer patients and their families.
One of the most rewarding aspects of this work has been seeing the positive impact that our mobile unit has had on the lives of cancer patients in our community. By bringing important care and resources directly to our patients, we have been able to reduce barriers to access and provide much-needed support to those who may not have otherwise received it.
Throughout the process of setting up the mobile cancer care unit, I have also developed a deep appreciation for the importance of teamwork and collaboration. We were such a small team and together we learned the process of implementing change management during Covid pandemic.
From designing the unit to implementing our services, each step of the process has required the input and expertise of a wide range of professionals, and I am proud to have been a part of such a dedicated and skilled team.
Throughout my time as a mobile cancer care nurse, I have developed strong relationships with my patients and their families, providing emotional support and reassurance when it is most needed. I have also worked closely with other members of the healthcare team, including doctors, specialist nurses team, chemotherapy nurses at the Sandra Chapman Centre and the oncology counsellor, to coordinate and provide comprehensive care for our patients.
Another rewarding aspect of my job has been seeing the positive impact that our care has had on our patients’ lives. Whether it is helping them to manage their symptoms or providing them with the resources and support they need to cope with their diagnosis, I have seen first-hand how our work can make a real difference in the lives of those we serve.
Overall, my experience in setting up a mobile cancer care unit has been one of the most meaningful and rewarding of my career. I am honoured to have been a part of a project that has made such a positive impact on the lives of cancer patients in our community, and I wish success to my team for their future endeavours and I look forward to continuing to serve in patients in cancer care in my new role.
Photo shows Bincy (left) with MCCU manager Radu Segarceanu and nurse Charlotte Harvey