"Cyberknife Department"

I recently had a three day treatment in Cyberknife for a meningioma. I have to write to express my thanks to everybody involved. From the mask making department through to the CT scanning and finally to the Cyberknife Suite everybody made what is an unpleasant and somewhat frightening experience more comfortable and reassuring. In particular the Radiographers who run the Suite. They kept me informed constantly and answered any fears I may have. I would like to nominate them for a Care Award if your hospital has such a thing. Thank you once again.

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Response from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Dear Claire, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience of care under the Cancer Services team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and in particular for your lovely comments about the Cyber knife team. We are delighted that you had such a positive experience and felt comfortable and reassured. We hope you are recovering well from your treatment. Your comments have been passed onto the senior staff responsible for this area; they will ensure your feedback is shared with their team members. You have mentioned nominating the team for an award; we do indeed have an awards programme; you can find the relevant information and the nomination form via this link; http://www.uhb.nhs.uk/award-nominations.htm It is a real morale boost for staff to receive feedback like this from patients. It means such a lot to know that the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff is recognised and valued in this way. It is also very satisfying for staff to hear they have made such a difference to patients and made sure your experience under our care has been positive. At University Hospitals Birmingham we are always keen to receive feedback from our patients and visitors as it helps us to ensure we are delivering the best in care. Please continue to tell us if things went well so that we can share this with the teams who cared for you. If we don’t get it right please let us know so that we can take action to make sure we get it right in the future. There are a number of ways you can do this, some of which are listed below; - Fill out our patient experience surveys; we have them for day case or short stay patients, inpatients, and those who attend the Emergency Department. There are general surveys asking about all aspects of your experience as well as others relating to specific aspects of your stay e.g. the operating theatre and food. You may also be contacted by post and given the opportunity to complete a survey relating to your discharge from hospital or your outpatient attendance. - Answer the Friends and Family Test question; you can do this as part of one of the larger surveys, alternatively you can answer it whilst in the Outpatient Department – there are posters explaining the different ways that you can do this. - Fill in a Trust feedback leaflet, displayed in all patient and public areas – please ask staff if they are not easily visible. - Become a ‘mystery patient’ and tell us about your experience, you can do this just once or each time you attend the hospital. For further information on these and other ways you can give us your feedback please contact patientexperience@uhb.nhs.uk or telephone us on 0121 371 4491/2