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Patient thanks hospitals after ‘fantastic’ treatment

02 January 2020

A patient who was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer has praised the mid and south Essex group for their partnership working.

Amanda Carey-Burke - who works in Basildon Hospital as an audio transcriber in Human Resources - was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. She then spent more than a year having what Amanda describes as outstanding care and treatment from Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals.

Within a week of being referred, Amanda had mammograms, biopsies and tests before receiving her diagnosis.

Her 18-month care included being treated by a breast surgeon at the Breast Care Unit in Basildon Hospital; her oncologist was from Southend Hospital and is where Amanda had chemotherapy. Finally, she had plastic surgery at Broomfield Hospital.

"It was a terrifying time for me but I received fantastic treatment from all three trusts. Everyone works so hard and they are all brilliant at what they do - the whole system runs like clockwork," said Amanda. 

"Speaking as a member of staff it's a real testament as to why it's vital that the trusts merge, as we can do that much more for our patients by working together. I have nothing but praise for the collaborative working of the three trusts."

Amanda is now well on the road to recovery with her targeted treatment finishing in April 2020.