STAFF caring for cancer patients in Bolton have been praised for their work.

The latest cancer patient experience survey rated the care in the borough nine out of ten.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust scored above the national average, and was ranked in the top three in Greater Manchester.

Janet Keegan, Macmillan lead cancer nurse at the Trust said: “Once again we are very proud of the results and our staff at Bolton.

"It is clear from the comments in the overall report that patients and their families recognise the on-going commitment and care provided here, which we all work so hard to provide.”

Bolton fared particularly well with communication to patients and support during and after treatment. Details about support groups, and information about possible side effects was also good.

Some of the people surveyed thanked the team for saving their life, whilst nurses were praised for going "above and beyond" to care for their patients.

Another patient said: “It was quite a stressful time but all the NHS staff I came into contact with were empathetic, caring, professional and made my cancer journey more bearable.

"The liaison between the various teams involved in my care was excellent.”

The cancer services team is made up of staff across many different areas, with multiple departments working together.