Oncology finalists

Dr Savvas Rossides, Speciality Doctor – Oncology

A greatly respected professional

Savvas, a speciality oncology doctor, leaves no stone unturned in his determination to ensure that patients get the best cancer care that is available.  Whether they are attending clinic or A&E, he is committed to ensuring that patients feel confident and empowered in their treatment and have the assurance of a full plan when they arrive on ward.

Always available at short notice, Savvas eagerly steps up to provide night shift cover at short notice to ensure that patient care is not compromised.  He is a constantly reassuring presence and he is adept at conveying detailed information about care plans to patients in a friendly and easy-to-understand way that inspires confidence and trust. He is greatly respected by his department and his colleagues who know from experience that nothing is ever too much trouble for Savvas in his pursuit of excellence.


Rachel Macarthur, Neuro Oncology clinical nurse specialist

Setting the benchmark

Rachel is the Clinical Nurse Specialist that others aspire to be. She is passionately committed to offering the highest quality of care to our patients and has organised numerous patient/carer events to develop the service.

Multi-disciplinary-team work is core to Rachel’s work with cancer patients. Her holistic approach embraces the development of support workers and she is passionate about advancing her colleagues professional skills.  She supports the Living With and Beyond Cancer Agenda and undertakes a wide range of additional tasks that help to develop the agenda and shares her findings proactively with team members.

Rachel sets the benchmark for patient focus and it is a privilege to work alongside her. Thank you, Rachel for being awesome!


Jessica Cheeseman

Reassuring and supportive

Imagine having a cancer diagnosis but being told that the source of the cancer can’t be located.

For those who are unable to get a primary cancer diagnosis, Jess is a shining star.  She offers a reassuring and supportive figure for patients who find they don’t ‘belong’ to a specific cancer diagnosis.  The wide-ranging support programme she has developed ensures patients in this group ensure the full range of support given to people belonging to clearly defined cancer groups.

Colleagues have been particularly impressed by the support package Jess produced for a non-specific cancer patient.  The care package Jess has drawn up includes daily calls, meet ups for scan and chemotherapy, arranging transport and arranging the patient’s holistic therapy at the Fountain Centre.  This patient has been very lucky to have Jess as her dedicated nurse specialist!

©2019 Royal Surrey County Hospital

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?