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Cancer Service

Our hospitals consult on and treat a wide range of cancer (oncology) and haematology disorders. Please select an area from the list below:

 

Bowel (colorectal) cancer

We have five colorectal surgeons and one Associate Specialist, who are based at Arrowe Park Hospital (although we do carry out some clinics and surgery at Clatterbridge Hospital). They are supported by two Clinical Nurse Specialists (key workers), one Nurse Consultant, one Advanced Nurse Practitioner and three Stoma Nurses.

The team will get together each week in which all patients with suspected or diagnosed cancer are discussed. Plans for treatment are then agreed.

The team also work in the Endoscopy Unit and carry out diagnostic scopes of the bowel. Sometimes they will take samples of tissue as part of the procedure in order to diagnose your problem.

They also look after patients recovering from major bowel surgery who may need support with their nutrition post operatively. In addition, the team also run specialist clinics for inflammatory bowel disease, anaemia, pelvic floor and functional bowel disorders, abdominal wall hernias, as well as piles and fissures.

The colorectal team are:

Mr C Walsh Consultant Surgeon
Mr J Anderson Consultant Surgeon
Mr L Titu Consultant Surgeon
Mr D Smith Consultant Surgeon
Mr J Wilson Consultant Surgeon

If you require any further information regarding bowel cancer please visit the Macmillan website.

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Breast cancer

We have four breast surgeons, who are based at the Wirral Breast Centre at Clatterbridge Hospital. They are supported by four Clinical Nurse Specialists (key workers) and one Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

The team will get together each week in which all patients with suspected or diagnosed breast cancer are discussed. Plans for treatment are then agreed.

The breast unit clinics are within the breast screening unit. This allows the patient to be referred quickly from the screening department and also allows for diagnostic tests to be carried out on your first appointment with a breast surgeon.

Surgical procedures carried out by the breast team include mastectomy and breast reconstruction. They also provide family history clinics and assessment under the national guidance for entry in to the family history screening programme.

The breast team are:

Mrs Maria Callaghan  Consultant Surgeon
Mr Jon Lund  Consultant Surgeon
Mr Sab Poonawala Consultant Surgeon

If you require any further information regarding your breast cancer please visit the Macmillan website.

Skin (dermatology) cancer

The dermatology service has three Consultants, an Associate Specialist and a Clinical Nurse Specialists. The dermatology department is situated at Clatterbridge Hospital and has an out-patient department that provides minor surgery and daily treatment therapies for dermatological conditions.

The multi disciplinary team meets weekly and discusses and agrees diagnosis in order to plan patient treatment.

The team consists of 3 consultants, who are Dr Tan, Dr Hashim and Dr Farrar. They have 2 associate specialists. The team also have Melanie Meredith as the skin cancer support nurse now too


If you require any additional information regarding skin cancer please refer to the British Association of Dermatologists patient information leaflets http://www.bad.org.uk

Gynaecology cancer

All clinics, and most surgery, for gynaecological conditions are based at Arrowe Park Hospital, although any complex ovarian surgery is performed at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

The gynaecology team meets on alternate weeks in which tests and investigations are reviewed and discussed and treatment plans agreed.

Services provided by the unit include, colposcopy clinic, vulval clinic, cancer clinic, pelvic mass clinic and outpatient hysteroscopy service.

The team consists of:

Mr David Rowlands  Consultant Gynaecologist
Mr Patrick Mark Doyle  Consultant Gynaecologist
Miss Nahid Gul  Consultant Gynaecologist
Mr Ash Alam Consultant Gynaecologist
Mr Michael Ellard Consultant Gynaecologist
Mrs Stella Mwenechanya Consultant Gynaecologist

If you require any further information regarding your cancer please visit the following pages on the Macmillan website:

 

Haematology cancer

The Haematology teams for Wirral University Teaching Hospital and the Countess of Chester Hospital work closely together to provide specialist services to the population of Wirral and Chester.

Our Trust has three Haematology Consultants, one Clinical Nurse Specialist for haematology and one Clinical Nurse Specialist for chemotherapy.

The heamatology department is based on the third floor at Arrowe Park Hospital and has facilities for outpatients, daycase patients and inpatients within the department.

The team meets weekly in which tests and investigations will be reviewed, discussed and treatment plans agreed.

The team consists of:

Dr D Galvani   Consultant Haematologist
Dr R Dasgupta   Consultant Haematologist
Dr B Hammer  Consultant Haematologist

If you require any further information regarding your cancer please visit the following pages on the Macmillan website.:

 

 

Head and neck cancer

We have three ear, nose and throat (ENT) Surgeons, who are based at Arrowe Park Hospital. They are supported by a Clinical Nurse Specialist (key worker).

The team meets weekly in which all patients with suspected or diagnosed cancer are discussed and plans for treatment agreed. Any patient diagnosed with a head and neck cancer at this meeting will be referred to Aintree Hospital for further treatment, as complex head and neck cancer surgery is currently not carried out within this Trust.

The team consists of: 

Mr G O’Sullivan Consultant Surgeon
Mr I Sherman  Consultant Surgeon
Mr V Srinivasan  Consultant Surgeon

If you require any further information regarding head and neck cancer please visit the Macmillan website.

 

Lung Cancer

Our local lung cancer team consists of local chest physicians, specialist nurses, radiologists, pathologists and close links to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital,  Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology and Hospice services. We meet weekly as a team to discuss on-going management of all patients under our care (this includes consultant surgical and oncology colleagues).

 

Following referral to the service all cases are reviewed prior to the first outpatient appointment by one of our respiratory consultants. If required a CT scan is organised on receipt of referral; images reviewed with the clinical information supplied and further investigations are booked from a virtual review clinic on a daily basis.  If investigations are requested patients are contacted by one of our lung specialist nurses to explain the process and contact information is given.

 

Locally we offer a full range of diagnostic tests including bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), dedicated pleural clinic and medical thoracoscopy. If required we will arrange the most appropriate test to investigate possible lung cancer. Very occasionally we may need to arrange investigations at another hospital if we cannot arrange locally. You may also require detailed lung function testing or occasionally exercise testing which are arranged in our dedicated respiratory laboratory.

 

As part of standard investigation and treatment you may be asked to be involved in clinical trials which are run locally. This will be explained at your outpatient appointments.

 

If you require any further information regarding your lung cancer please visit:

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Members of Lung Cancer MDT

 

Consultant Chest Physicians:

Dr A Wight (Lung Cancer lead physician)
Dr Z Wahbi
Dr J Corless
Dr N Stevenson.                 
Dr H Tan
Dr C Paxton

 

Lung cancer Nurse specialists-

Kay Hughes

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Consultant Thoracic Surgeons:           
           
Mr M Shackcloth
Mr S Woolley

 

Consultant Oncologists:
 

Dr A Pope

 

Consultant Radiologists:
  
Dr V Williamson                   
Dr D Hughes                                   

Dr Y Jones

 

Consultant Histopathologists/Cytologists:

                       

Dr K Gumparthy

 

Palliative Medicine:
  
Dr. C Hayle.

 

Upper gastrointestinal cancer (UGI)

The upper gastrointestinal cancer team consists of two consultants. The team has the support of two Clinical Nurse Specialists.

The team will meet every week. All patients with suspected or diagnosed UGI cancer are discussed and their plans for treatment agreed. Any patient diagnosed with a UGI cancer at this weekly meeting is referred to Aintree Hospital for further treatment, as UGI cancer surgery is currently not carried out at this Trust.

The team consists of:

Mr A Masters   Consultant Surgeon
Mr S Javed  Consultant Surgeon

If you require any further information regarding your UGI cancer please visit:

 

 

Urology cancer

The urology team consists of 8 Consultant Urologists Mr Snehal Patel and Mr James Glendenning, 3 Uro Oncology Nurses and 3 ANP. The team also have patients referred from Isle of Man and North Wales.

The urology team have clinics at Arrowe Park Hospital, Clatterbridge Hospital and Victoria Central Health Centre. Surgery is carried out at both Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospitals.

The urology team will have weekly meetings for all the speciality areas within urology. These areas include; kidney, bladder, prostate, penile and testicular.

We are the specialist urology team for the south Mersey region. Patients from the Countess of Chester Hospital and Warrington Hospital will be referred here to our Trust. If you are diagnosed with penile cancer, we may refer you to the Christie Hospital in Manchester for your procedure.

The team consists of: 

Mr N Parr   Consultant Urologist
Mr R Stephenson    Consultant Urologist
Mr P Kutarski    Consultant Urologist
Mr A Cliff    Consultant Urologist
Mr M Kumar      Consultant Urologist
Mr N Nambi  Consultant Urologist

If you require any further information regarding your urology cancer please visit:

 

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is based near the WRVS at the front entrance to Outpatients Department at Arrowe Park Hospital. It provides a free, confidential drop in service for anyone affected by cancer. We are able to offer:

  • literature on all aspects of living with cancer
  • information and support over the phone and by email for those not able to access the Service in person
  • links to other national, local and voluntary support and advice services.

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Please ring before making a special journey. Appointments can be made outside these hours.

Contact: Anne Torkington Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Manager

Tel: 0151 552 1860

email: wih-tr.macmillansupport@nhs.net

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