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MySunrise launches new version of cancer companion app in Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust

February 22, 2024

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new version of the MySunrise Cancer Companion App at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. Developed in association with the West Midlands NHS Trust this new version the app is developed to support thousands of people under the care of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. The organisation sees 300 new patients a year diagnosed with cancer and this app is accessible to those who wish to use it free of charge.

Jenny Donovan, Cancer Services Manager, said: “The app has already been a fantastic support for our patients, allowing them to access information they need at the press of a button.

“Content includes information about the different cancers we treat here, what public transport to catch, where to go for appointments, videos explaining a patient journey in an easy-to-understand way and patient stories, amongst other things.  

“If there are any developments in the service, we will be able to share these, as well as information about our new hospital, the Midland Met, and what they can expect if they are being treated at the new facility when it opens next year.”  

Funding for the development of the app has been secured through the West Midlands Cancer Alliance.  “We hope that it will make a big difference to the journey of a cancer patient,” added Jenny. “It’s being used at other NHS trusts across the country and the feedback has been excellent.

Cancer patient Susan Whitehouse praised the app. She said: “It’s really good and it means I won’t have to keep ringing my cancer nurses every time I have a question, because I can find the answers on my phone.”

George Brighton, Chief Executive for MySunrise, the makers of the app, said: “We are excited to be launching the MySunrise Cancer Companion App at the Trust. This is a free resource for patients and their families to help support them through their cancer treatment.

“It’s been designed in partnership with the Cancer Services team at the Trust and includes a whole range of local information and links to give patients everything they need to help them through this difficult time. We’ve had some great feedback from patients and continue to seek the views of those using it to improve the app for the communities of Sandwell and West Birmingham.”

Debra Palmer, Senior Programme Manager, from the West Midlands Cancer Alliance, said: “Working to improve pathways and the experience of anyone diagnosed with cancer is a priority for the West Midlands Cancer Alliance. We know that navigating your way through the cancer pathway can be really confusing and stressful. An app like MySunrise which brings all of the information you might need into one easily accessible place is so helpful to patients and their families at an incredibly hard time.

The MySunrise app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.