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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 provides specialist reviews and assessments for Acute Oncology patients in the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital. They also see patients on the wards who have been admitted to hospital as an emergency due to their cancer or treatment. They work closely with all departments and cancer teams to provide safe and effective care for the patients.

The team also provides support to patients referred to the Malignancy of Unknown (MUO) Service. This is where patients are referred via the community or hospital with a potential cancer on imaging, however it is unclear where it has originated. The team will meet these patients in outpatient clinic with a consultant or on the wards if admitted to hospital. They are also key workers for patients with a cancer of unknown primary.

The team’s hours of work are Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm

Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm (Limited service only)

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 Advanced Nurse Practitioner: Sally Simister
Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist: Miles Ripley
Clinical Nurse Specialists: Tracey Malton , Danni Page, Aimee Hurst, Petronella Chishinge

Contact details

Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre,

Acute Oncology
Sir Robert Ogden Centre
Willaston Crescent
HG27SX
Telephone 01423 557329 (Monday to Friday)

Useful links

Macmillan Cancer Support

CUP Foundation