Mater Dei Hospital was hailed by the World Health Organisation for the introduction of nurses who work to guide cancer patients through the complex treatments.
The new ‘nurse navigators’ were introduced by Danika Marmara, the Cancer Care Pathways director, who leads the team of trained nurses who guides patients through the bureaucracy of the process.
The WHO advised other countries to follow in Malta’s footsteps, saying that the initiative makes the system revolve around the patient.
‘At a time of great distress, the nurse navigator guides the patient through a maze of services, protocols and forms, and creates a cocoon of confidence in the system that is good for a patient’s mental health and contributes enormously to the quality of the overall therapeutic experience.’
‘Other countries may take note, as early signs are that this model is providing real improvements and truly embodying patient-centred care’ a WHO report reads.
The praise was highlighted by Health Minister Chris Fearne, who he himself was subject to WHO praise during a summit. Fearne contrasted this with the Opposition’s ‘attempt to mock the health sector.’