Head And Neck Dorset Support Cancer Group


Meet some of the Poole Head & Neck team

The Head and Neck MDT (multidisciplinary team) is made up of a group of professionals who discuss every patient diagnosed with head and neck cancer. The team includes Oncologists, Pathologists, Surgeons, Radiologists, Palliative Care Consultants, Cancer Specialist Nurses, Dieticians and Speech and Language Therapists. Discussion is centred about diagnosis and treatment or best supportive care options.

Mr P Ramchandani Consultant Maxillo-Facial Head & Neck Surgeon

Sue Saxby, Karen Roberts Head & Neck Clinical Nurse Specialists Dorset Cancer Centre

Mr Kusanale Consultant head, neck & reconstructive surgeon

Dr Emma King Consultant Surgeon & CRUK Senior Lecturer in Head & Neck Surgery


Mark Townend with Heidi Silk & Julia Goundry

Maxillofacial Prosthetics Service, (MPS) working as part of the specialist Head and Neck Multi Disciplinary Team based at Poole

Mr SGS Ellis, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation

At the trust, Simon works as part of the head and neck cancer unit providing a restorative dental service.

Penny Scott Speech and Language therapist

Francesca Hilder Speech and Language therapist



Dr J Davies Consultant Head & Neck Oncologist


Mr SGS Ellis Consultant in Restorative Dentistry & Oral Rehabilitation


Dr E King Consultant ENT Head & Neck Surgeon, Cancer Research UK Senior Lecturer in Head & Neck Surgery, Southampton University


Mr N De Zoysa Consultant ENT Head and Neck surgeon


Mr V Ilankovan Consultant Maxillo-Facial Head & Neck surgeon


Mr P Ramchandani Consultant maxillo-Facial Head & Neck Surgeon


Mr Kusanale Consultant head, neck & reconstructive surgeon

Clinical Nurse
Specialist (CNS)

The role of the clinical nurse
specialist (CNS)

We are specialist nurses working alongside a group of professionals (multi-disciplinary team – MDT) at Poole Hospital who are experts in head, neck and thyroid cancer.  We provide support and information to people with a cancer diagnosis, and their families and carers.  Our aim is to support you, from the point of diagnosis, throughout your investigations, treatment planning, treatment and ongoing follow-up.  This is sometimes known as a “cancer journey”.


Some of the things we do

You may meet us at your outpatient appointment when you are given your diagnosis and/or treatment plan.  We are able to support you at this time and ensure that you are given the relevant written information and contact numbers to take home with you.  You may see one of us more than the other.  This person will be your key worker but both of us will be familiar with your case if you have questions.


For further information please contact the Head and Neck Nurse Specialists; Karen Roberts and Susan Saxby at Poole Hospital on: 01202 442365 or 442071


Download Clinical Nurse Specialist leaflet


The Radiotherapy Department

The Radiotherapy Department provides external beam radiation treatment of patients with a variety of malignant diseases. Poole Radiotherapy Department hold a welcome evening on the first Wednesday of each month.


Day Care Chemotherapy Unit

The Day Care Chemotherapy Unit provides a range of treatments and specialist care that can safely be given on a day patient basis.


Holly Angus - Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) Dietitian

As HEN Dietitian, Holly provides dietetic support to patients who attend Poole Hospital for head and neck cancer treatment.


Head and Neck Speech Therapists

Speech and Language Therapists are involved in the assessment and rehabilitation of speech, voice and swallowing disorders following treatment for Head and Neck Cancer.


People may experience communication or swallowing difficulties arising from

■ The presence of cancer in mouth or throat

■ The effects of surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy

■ The extent of difficulties will depend on the extent of the disease and type of treatment.


Mr SGS Ellis - Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation

My role is to provide specialist short and longterm advice and management for the patient’s teeth depending on whether surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy or combinations of these treatments are used.  This may involve replacement of teeth, gums and bone removed as part of the cancer surgery using dentures, bridges and crowns sometimes with dental implants.


meet The Team