More than 80 top clinicians, including the deputy chief medical officer for Scotland, have gathered today (Friday 2 December 2011) at a special event to celebrate a number of major achievements in the delivery of cancer care to patients across Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the West of Scotland.
The ‘celebrating success’ event will bring together an audience of leading health professionals to hear how new technologies and treatments, screening programmes, new systems to improve safety and the evolving specialty of care for elderly patients with cancer are improving outcomes for thousands of cancer patients across the region.
The event will also mark the significant positive impact that has been achieved though improved joint working and shared systems for cancer care across west of Scotland health boards.
David Dunlop, Clinical Director of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, said: “This event is the first of its kind in the West of Scotland and it will be a wonderful opportunity to look back and reflect on the significant strides forward that have been achieved in cancer care.
“We will examine the impact of new technologies and treatments and collaborative ways of working and also look forward to the developments the are coming over the horizon.”
One key success which has had a significant impact in streamlining care for patients has been the implementation of the Chemotherapy Electronic Prescribing and Administration System (CEPAS).
CEPAS is an on-line system prescribing system which allows patients from across the west of Scotland to receive chemotherapy in their local hospital, albeit prescribed by their doctor based at the Beatson in Glasgow.
CEPAS was two years in development and is already making great strides forward in the way that cancer prescribing is being streamlined to provide a seamless, safe and patient focused prescribing model for the west of Scotland.
Other key developments that will be celebrated include:
• Technological developments in radiotherapy
• Developments in interventional bronchoscopy
• Cancer prevention
• Impact of the national bowel screening programme
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