Cancer Society Auckland Northland and Auckland DHB formalise long-standing working relationship.

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Cancer Society Auckland Northland (CSAN) and Auckland DHB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalising a long-standing working relationship.

Auckland DHB Chief Executive Ailsa Claire and CSAN Chief Executive John Loof put pen to paper in a ceremony earlier this week in Auckland.

Cancer Society Auckland Northland provides a range of services to cancer patients in the region including 0800 Cancer Information Helpline, community liaison nurses and psychologists. CSAN also provides a volunteer driving service that assists cancer patients get to treatment at Auckland City Hospital. There has been a CSAN volunteer driving office at Auckland Hospital for over 30 years.

Director of the Auckland DHB’s Cancer and Blood Directorate Dr Richard Sullivan says “the MOU is essentially an agreement designed to improve and integrate cancer support services for patients and whanau. For example, we have set up rules for enabling registered CSAN community liaison nurses and psychologists controlled access to cancer patient health records. When your health worker or clinician knows you better they can give better support. We're in a better position to give seamless service between our organisations, all in support of the best possible patient experience”.

CSAN Chief Executive John Loof says “the Society has developed over the years from a volunteer based organisation to the provision of professional nursing and psychological services for cancer patients in the community. He also stated that CSAN volunteers make a very important contribution to cancer patient care with over 250 volunteer drivers transporting patients to treatment and 20 “Yellow Shirt” volunteers who work in the Oncology Department at Auckland Hospital”.

All parties look forward to sharing the many benefits to cancer patients/ whanau in having the two organisations share appropriate service information.