What we do

The Trust’s Cancer Services and Oncology Directorate sits within the Division of Surgery and Anaesthetic Services and delivers cancer care, including out-patient clinics, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services across all tumour sites.

The Directorate consists of multi-disciplinary professionals who work together to ensure the Trust delivers high quality care to all patients on a cancer pathway.  

The Directorate is led by a senior team comprising the Cancer Clinical Lead, Cancer Services and Oncology Directorate Manager and Macmillan Assistant Director of Nursing.

Ongoing review and Service Improvement is managed and coordinated by 2 facilitators who review pathways and work closely with the clinical teams to maximise productivity and improve patient experience and quality of care.

An Executive Director of the Trust Board is identified with ultimate responsibility and accountability for ensuring the Trust meets all the NHS standards for the delivery of cancer care.

The Cancer Directorate and supporting services provide services for all the main tumour groups for all residents of East Lancashire and ensures that patients are treated in a timely manner.

Oncology is a speciality through which Cancer and complications of cancer are treated and can include a range of treatments such as Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and targeted immunotherapy.

Chemotherapy is a treatment which uses one or more anti-cancer drugs with a curative intent or to prolong life.

Radiotherapy is a treatment which uses ionizing radiation to control or kill malignant cells.

Immunotherapy is a treatment which involves promotion of the bodies own immune system to kill cancer cells.

The Trust provides out-patient chemotherapy consultation clinics delivered by the two Consultant Medical Oncologists in conjunction with visiting Consultant Clinical Oncologists from the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Patients requiring radiotherapy treatment are referred to the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals (Preston site).

We have a team of 8 Consultants and 2 Speciality Doctors who deliver the Medical aspects of these services.

This includes cancer of the lung, upper gastrointestinal tract (gut), lower gastrointestinal tract (bowel), Hepatobiliary (liver, pancreas, gall bladder), head and neck, breast, Urology (bladder, prostate, kidneys) and gynaecological.

These services are supported by a range of Cancer Nurse Specialists and Advanced Nurse Practitioners.

Acute Oncology support is delivered from the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital for patients currently undergoing cancer treatment.

How to access the service

Referrals into a Cancer Pathway are made by a GP or hospital Consultant. This is done as soon as there is a suspicion of cancer.  

In many cases this will not turn out to be cancer, but we will endeavour to find out as quickly as possible and start treatment if needed.

Referrals into the Oncology service are made once a patient has been formally diagnosed with a Cancer for which treatment is required.

Where to find us

The Trust has two dedicated chemotherapy suites on each of its two main hospital sites Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital delivering both chemotherapy and immunotherapy to oncology and haematology patients.  

Outpatient appointments are offered from the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital.

Radiotherapy is provided at the Rosemere Cancer Centre on the site of the Royal Preston Hospital.

Service Lead/Ward Manager

Mr David O’Brien, Directorate Manager - 01254 734 258
Miss Jane McNicholas, Clinical Director - 01282 804 643

Key Contacts

Mr David O’Brien, Directorate Manager 01254 735 014
Miss Jane McNicholas, Clinical Director, 01254 735 014
Mrs Deborah Sullivan, Assistant Director of Nursing (Macmillan) 01254 735 014
Mrs Caroline Rogers, Matron 01254 735 014
Mrs Lisa Stone, Directorate PA, 01254 735 014

General Enquiries

Mrs Lisa Stone, Directorate PA, 01254 735 014

Opening/Visiting Times

Service by Clinician referral and appointment only.

The Chemotherapy units operate during core hours Monday to Friday. They are closed evenings and weekends.

Outpatient services operate between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Other relevant information about the service/department/ward

The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in particular is an extremely busy site and as such this can make parking and accessing the site at certain times of the day more challenging.

It is recommended that you leave additional time to allow for access and parking to ensure you are able to attend for your appointment at the allotted time.