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Cancer care

Our multidisciplinary team works together to provide you with dedicated care for a wide range of cancers

Patient care is of the utmost importance to us. Our patients are treated by Consultant Oncologists and a multi-disciplinary team of specialist nurses, who offer reassurance and comfort at challenging times.

Alongside our private cancer ward, the Imaging department provides the latest MRI and CT scanning technology, as well as nuclear medicine including PET-CT, bone scans, gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy, mammography, cystoscopy and biopsies. Any tests that are carried out will depend on the type of cancer being investigated. These tests may also be repeated throughout your treatment and at later check ups.

Our Private Cancer Services

Dedicated inpatient ward

Our nursing team work within a dedicated oncology ward, St Martha's, which holds nine bedrooms and six pods for comfortable treatment.   Within our healthcare teamOur clinical nurse specialists have extensive experience of what it takes to provide care to each individual patient and their specific illness. 

Macmillan Oncology Liaison Nurses

The team is always on hand to advise on every aspect of care for patients and their families from the time of diagnosis onwards. They can speak to nurses and GPs on behalf of our patients and liaise with teams within the hospital and in the community such as dieticians and physiotherapists. The liaison nurses also make regular visits during chemotherapy to give support and advice and offer links to local cancer help centres.

24-hour support

All aspects of care, all in one place – all hours of the day. Expert nursing staff is available on a 24-hour basis to take calls from patients, GPs and consultants. Advice and emergency treatment is available by contacting the hospital and asking for the senior nurse on duty.

Dietician advice

Expert dietetic advice is available at any time.

Access to information

We ensure all our patients are fully counselled about their treatment. A wide range of printed information is also available, together with digital advice, local and national self-help and support groups.

Complementary therapy

A range of complementary therapies including massage and acupuncture are offered alongside medical treatments, should patients suffer any side effects from treatment.

Patient support from other departments at Mount Alvernia Hospital

Every aspect of care is provided on site and all members of the care team work towards the best possible patient outcome. We aim to make our patients as comfortable as possible and have a number of teams offering support and treatment:

  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pain management specialists
  • Complementary therapy
  • Pathology
  • A rapid results service for blood tests ahead of treatment, providing key guidance for further care.

Assisting with discharge from hospital and planning for the future

Our team work with the consultant oncologists to plan a patient’s discharge from hospital. If the patient is unable to return home, we will assist in arranging appropriate care for the future.


The oncology unit treats patients for a wide range of cancers including:

Specialists offering Cancer care

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Mr Adam Blackburn

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRCS (Plast)

Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Mr Stephen Derbyshire

Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon


Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Mr Jay Chatterjee

Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynae-oncology surgeon

MRCOG, DFSRH, PhD(London), FICP, CCT in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Gynae-oncology, 2015

Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Prof Aftab Ala

Consultant Gastroenterologist Endoscopist & Hepatologist

MB BS, FRCP, MD, PhD, CCST (Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine)

Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Dr Andrew Pink

Consultant Dermatologist

BMedSci (Hons), MBBS, PhD, MRCP (UK) (Dermatology)

Mount Alvernia Hospital

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