During lockdown, virtually all elective interventions for patients with cancer were suspended, increasing anxiety for a vulnerable group of patients. An initial study had been undertaken by Central Bedfordshire to inform the work of the East of England Cancer Alliance; other local Healthwatch agreed to replicate the study to add weight to calls for accurate and timely information to be available.
- a small number of practices which did not have a website at all – four out of 26
- information relevant to patients with cancer, especially links to MacMillan Cancer Research, was available on most websites, but might require some searching.
- Links to cancer support groups were found on about half the websites. Unfortunately some hyperlinks were broken.
- most websites lacked a link to Healthwatch Southend.