1 year on from the publication of a report about people’s experiences of cancer services, Healthwatch Isle of Wight are launching another survey to gain an updated picture of peoples experiences, particularly with regards to the co-ordination of services, travel to treatment and assistance if unwell.

Cancer services have become a focus for Healthwatch Isle of Wight after being chosen by the public 2 years running in the annual Healthwatch prioritisation surveys. In late 2015 a survey was undertaken of people’s experiences of cancer services and a report was then published in 2016.

As a result of the findings in the report a total of 16 recommendations were made by Healthwatch Isle of Wight and sent to the relevant commissioners and providers, to improve the experience of people using cancer services.

Co-ordination of services, travel to treatment and assistance if unwell were the main themes to arise from the feedback received from people who shared their experiences in the last survey, so Healthwatch Isle of Wight has decided to look at these areas in more depth and identify whether improvements have indeed been made by providers.

Joanna Smith, Healthwatch Isle of Wight Manager said:

“We understand that it may not be easy to sum up experiences in a few words and we really appreciate your willingness to share these. If you wish to share experiences not covered by this survey, you are most welcome to contact Healthwatch Isle of Wight to tell us about these”.

If you have had contact with local cancer services since January 2016 and would like to share your experience the survey is available to complete now until the 29th September at

Alternatively, hard copy surveys are available from the Healthwatch Information and Signposting team located within the Citizens Advice Bureau, at the Isle Help Advice Hub in Newport High Street or via People Matter based at the Independent Living Centre, 1-2 Bernard Way, Riverway, Newport.

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