The Liverpool Lung Cancer Unit was formed in April 2000. Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals combined resources to improve services for patients with suspected lung cancer. The unit is the largest in Merseyside and Cheshire.
Lung cancer can present with various symptoms. Some patients will require inpatients hospital stays, whilst those with fewer symptoms can recive tests as outpatients.
The unit consisits of two distinct arms:
- Inpatient Arm: based at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital , for patients with suspected lung cancer who require inpatient services.
- Outpatient Arm: using the facilities at LHCH to swiftly diagnose and treat patients with lung cancer. This is the only clinic in the network that operates a one stop clinic, carrying out all of the relevant tests in one day (Rapid Access Clinic).
Working between both hospitals the team can co-ordinate all appropriate investigations. If patients in hospital improve enough to be able to go home, any outstanding tests, or results can be delivered quickly through the outpatient clinic. This outpatient clinic can also be accessed directly by your GP or clinic doctor.
These services are facilitated by 3 Consultant Chest Physicians, Dr Walshaw, Dr Ledson and Dr Smyth and 3 Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists - Andrea McIver, Jean Hughes and Jo Dunbar.
Multidisciplinary Team Working
All patients who are suspected or diagnosed with lung cancer are discussed at the lung multidisciplinary team meeting ( MDT ). This is where experts in the different ways of investigating/treating lung cancer meet and discuss the best investigation/treatment options for each patient. This meeting occurs each Friday morning at The Cardiothoracic Centre, prior to the patients attending the outpatient clinics that morning.
Parallel Outpatient Cancer services
Patients diagnosed with lung cancer are given the choice of immediately referred and seen by the appropriate specialist to discuss the treatment/management of their condition. Alternatively an appointment can be made to meet the patient’s preference.
Each Friday the following specialists provide outpatient clinics alongside the RALC:
Dr Maguire, Dr Faluyi, Dr Eswar and Dr Pope are Oncologists from the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
- Thoracic Surgery
A team of Thoracic Consultant Surgeons from within LHCH
- Specialist Palliative Care
Dr Bonwick (Associate Specialist) from the Marie Curie Centre in Woolton.
To meet the often complexity of patients needs, a range of support services are also made available alongside the medical services, and are available to patients in the Outpatient department each Friday, these include:-
- Lung clinical nurse specialists , who are identified as the patients ‘key worker’ throughout the diagnostic process, providing specialist support to patients and their families.
- Palliative care clinical nurse specialists
- Social workers
- Occupational Therapist
These services have been developed in line with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance - Supportive and Palliative Care Information for Public
Research and audit is integral to the clinical activity of the Liverpool Lung Cancer Unit. There is an annual audit timetable that outlines the audit projects being undertaken by the multidisciplinary team. These works are regularly presented at local, national & international events.