10 December 2013
Macmillan is delighted to announce that Dr Rod Macrorie and Dr Lucy Martin have been appointed as Macmillan GP Facilitators in Sandwell and Dudley.
They will be working for the next three years with doctors, district nurses and other healthcare professionals in the community, to ensure that people with cancer receive the best possible treatment and care.
Macmillan GP Facilitators form a key link between GPs and the hospitals, so that the whole cancer journey is improved. This might be through ensuring that people are seen within a two-week period if they suspect they have cancer, or by making sure that people who wish to die at home are able to do so.
Tudor Humphreys, Macmillan Development Manager, said, “We are extremely pleased to have appointed Dr Macrorie and Dr Martin as Macmillan GP Facilitators. They are the first Macmillan GPs locally and I know that they will be an excellent source of expertise, training and support.”
Dr Martin said, “My role will mean working with other GPs and health professionals across Dudley. I want to improve the awareness and early detection of cancer so that people have the best possible chance of survival. I will also be supporting colleagues across the area in following the best practice when it comes to palliative and end-of-life care.”
Dr Macrorie added, “I am looking forward to working with colleagues across Sandwell to make sure that people with cancer are receiving the best possible treatment and care.”
Tudor Humphreys added, “Macmillan Cancer Support has funded more than 30 Macmillan nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals across Sandwell and Dudley. We are extremely grateful to everyone locally who has given their support – both time and money – to help us improve cancer care across the country. We can only do it with your help.”
If you have questions about cancer, or to find out more how you can support Macmillan, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00