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The Wales Cancer Network developed a set of standards to provide a foundation for the development of high-quality services for people with cancer, either known, or yet to be diagnosed, who present acutely to the NHS. 

These standards for acute oncology build on the current chemotherapy standards integral to the National Cancer Standards for Wales.

Implementation of the standards are subject to an all Wales peer review as part of the quality assurance process.

The standards in Wales have been developed to address the concerns and recommendation raised in key national reports and are similar to the standards used in both England and Northern Ireland

AO dataset work – AO teams in conjunction with NWIS and the WCN have been developing a National AO dataset. The Core Dataset Working Group has agreed a minimum core dataset for Wales which is being built into the new Canisc (Electronic Wales Cancer Information).




Velindre Cancer Centre developed the Acute Oncology Support App which provides staff across the NHS with instant access to emergency cancer treatment protocols via their smart phones.

The app helps clinical teams assess cancer patients who attend hospitals or other clinical settings with unexpected complications or side effects from their cancer treatment.

The App allows any health care professional to quickly access short, clear guidelines which will help ensure patients receive the right care as quickly as possible. The App - based on UK national guidelines and developed by Velindre Cancer Centre and cancer teams across Wales – was funded by Velindre Charitable Funds.

It is free to download now on iOS and Android devices – just search for “Acute Oncology Support”.  Click here for further information

Welsh Health Board and Trust AO teams:

Aneurin Bevan UHB:

Clinical lead:  Dr Ruth Johnson, Acute Physician 
Clinical Nurse Specialists; Karen Lewis / Melanie James / Helen McMillan / Claire Gilfillan
Admin support: Saskia Salisbury
Team email: abb_AOS_Team@wales.nhs.uk 
Phone: 01633 234 788 / 01873 732 992

Sites covered: Neville Hall Hospital, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Royal Gwent Hospital and The Grange Hospital

Betsi Cadwaladr UHB: 

Clinical Lead: Dr Anna Mullard, Medical Oncologist / Dr Julie Jones, Associate specialist 
Clinical Nurse Specialists: - 

 Sara Capper-Fuge & Lorna Parry - Ysbyty Wrexham Maelor 
 Susanne Breeze- Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
 Dawn Griffiths– Ysbyty Gwynedd 

Cardiff & Vale UHB: 

Clinical Lead: Dr Diane Parry, Consultant respiratory physician 
Advanced Nurse Practitioner: Jane Whittingham 
Clinical Nurse Specialists: 
Sophie Norton / Sarah Grady / Sally Jones 
Co-ordinator: Lydia Harding

 Team email:  AOS.CAV@wales.nhs.uk  or Acute.Oncologyservice@wales.nhs.uk  
029 20743537

Sites covered: University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital of Llandough

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB: 

Clinical lead; Dr Alexander Brown (Prince Charles Hospital) / Dr Eugene Tabiowo (Royal Glamorgan) / Dr Rhian Rhys Consultant Radiologist (MSCC lead) / Dr Ruth Williams (Princess of Wales) 
Clinical Nurse Specialists; Karen Wingfield - Royal Glamorgan / Claire Garman and Claire Moseley – Prince Charles Hospital / Princess of Wales – vacant post
Admin Co-ordinator: vacant post

Team email:   CTM_Acute_Oncology_Service@wales.nhs.uk

Hywel Dda UHB

Clinical Lead: 
Clinical Nurse Specialists: 

Carmarthenshire (West Wales General Hospital and Prince Phillip Hospital): Jessica Bowden, Llian Jones (both part time), Catrin Latham
Pembrokeshire (Withybush Hospital): Bryan Phillips
Cardiganshire (Bronglais Hospital): Rachel Bran (Band 6 development role, currently not in AOS post)
Admin co-ordinator: Jennifer Gowney and Emma Bracher
Team email:  AcuteOncology.CancerServices.HDD@Wales.nhs.uk 
Contact number (main office): 01437 774 259

Swansea Bay UHB: 

Clinical lead:  Dr Allie Shipp (Consultant oncologist) 

AOS ward round cover: Dr Craig Barrington, Dr Allie Shipp and Dr Nia Jackson 

AOS CNS/PA team: Lynne Breeze Jones, Ellen Fitzgerald, Emma Mathias, Lowri Barnard

MUO clinic: Dr Laura Jones, Dr Allie Shipp                    

AOS co-ordinators: Louise Porter, Sarah Williams  

Team email:                                   SBU.AOS@wales.nhs.uk
Contact number (Office):             01792 200406

Singleton Hospital AOS CNS:       #25586        

Morriston Hospital AOS CNS:      #25587

Sites covered:   Morriston Hospital and Singleton Hospital

Velindre NHS Trust

Clinical Lead: Dr Hilary Williams, Consultant Oncologist 
Clinical Nurse Specialist: Ceri Stubbs
Admin co-ordinator: Anne Webster




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