The acute oncology service (AOS)

The acute oncology team is here to help you if you are admitted as an inpatient to one of our hospitals as a result of complications related to cancer or cancer treatments.

If you are undergoing treatment and feel unwell at  home please contact the chemotherapy hotline immediately on 079170 93738 or go to A&E.

What we do

We work closely with the ward staff looking after you to:

  • Provide advice to doctors and nurses who are not specialists in cancer care.   
  • Give advice to staff and yourself about managing side  effects you  may be experiencing from either your cancer or your treatment.    
  • Advise on appropriate investigations and tests.    
  • Communicate with and signpost to the appropriate specialist advice and services within the hospital.  

Your care team

The acute oncology service is a team of cancer nurse specialists who review patients at The Royal London, Whipps Cross and Newham hospitals. Acute oncology service consultant oncologists from Barts cancer centre also visit these hospitals to review patients on a regular basis.    

If you are admitted to St Bartholomew's Hospital you are unlikely to meet the acute oncology team as you will be cared for on a specialist cancer ward.   

Our visits

We will visit you dependent upon your needs and this will be agreed with you when one of the acute oncology team first meets you. You may require just one visit or it may be necessary to see you more often.

Hours of work

We work Mondays to Fridays, 8am–4pm. We aim to review referrals and see patients who need a visit within 24 hours of referral, or on the next working day after a weekend or bank holiday.   

If you are admitted to hospital as an  emergency please feel free to ask the nurse or doctor looking after you to contact us.