Macmillan Acute Oncology (AO) and Malignancy of Unknown Origin (MUO) Service

The Macmillan Acute Oncology (AO) and Malignancy of Unknown Origin (MUO) nursing team is for patients for are acutely unwell due to their cancer or treatment or referred to the MUO service with a possible secondary cancer but no known primary.

The Nursing Team will review Acute Oncology patients in the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital, and also see patients who have been admitted to hospital as an emergency due to their cancer or treatment. They work closely with all departments and cancer teams.

The team also supports patients referred to the Malignancy of Unknown (MUO) Service and will see patients who have been referred to the service in the clinic or on the wards if an inpatient.

The team’s hours of work are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Patients who are receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment (SACT) are advised to contact the Oncology 24-hour helpline (01423 555444) for advice if they are unwell. They may be asked to attend the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, or if out of hours/complaining of specific symptoms, may be directed to the Emergency Department or asked to attend the Acute Medical Floor for assessment.

The nursing team are a core member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and act as key workers for patients referred to the MUO.

Key staff

Team Leader: Lucy Ward
Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist: Miles Ripley
Clinical Nurse Specialists: Tracey Malton and Danni Page

Contact details

Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, Harrogate District Hospital

01423 557329

AcuteOncologyTeam@hdft.nhs.uk

Useful links

Macmillan Cancer Support

CUP Foundation