App to support cancer patients in North Devon to launch next week

The MySunrise app is being launched next week to support Northern Devon cancer patients and their families.

Accessible on a smartphone or tablet, the app will provide complete and up to date information, from the moment of diagnosis all the way through treatment. Patients will be able to find out a range of information from which bus to catch to the hospital, right through to support groups in their local areas and what to expect when coming in for treatment.

The app also provides comprehensive information on symptom support and the services available through the Fern Cancer and Wellbeing centre at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH), alongside a wealth of suggested further reading and useful resources. Also, with the current challenges of COVID-19, it will allow clinicians to provide up-to-date information directly to patients who may be waiting and worrying at home about their treatment.

Steven Johnson-Wood, Living With and Beyond Cancer Lead at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Patients can often feel overwhelmed by the large amount of information provided following a diagnosis of cancer. The app will help to give them more control and information about their treatment and where to turn when they need help. We hope that lots of patients will download it and let us know what they think!”

The MySunrise app was initially developed for patients in Cornwall. It has been completely re-worked for Cancer Services at NDDH and is also being launched in Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay with funding from the Peninsula Cancer Alliance. Patients having treatment at other Trusts will be signposted to the information for the appropriate hospital within the app and will be able to switch between Trusts as required.

The app will be available to download from the iTunes and Google Play app stores from Wednesday 30 September.

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