19 February 2015
Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted to announce that five members of the clinical Head and Neck team at Worcestershire Royal Hospital have been adopted by the charity.
Head and Neck Cancer Nurse Specialists, Julie Owen and Louise Pearson, Speech and Language Therapist Morag Inglis, Head and Neck Dietitian Sarah Pritchard, and Head and Neck Counsellor Jane Fizor.
The adoption means that the team can be named as Macmillan, showing they meet the charity’s high standards and ultimately means Macmillan can support more people living with cancer in Worcestershire. The team will be able to access the extensive training and development benefits the charity provides but will continue to be funded by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The new adopted members join the existing Macmillan professionals in the team of Speech and Language Therapist, Liz Gould and Dietitians, Sarah Rosser and Ladan Hajihassani.
Louise Pearson said: ‘We are thrilled to have been adopted as Macmillan professionals. The adoption means we will be supported with specialist training and have access to service support grants for equipment. We are already a unique team who provide a holistic experience for our patients, and the partnership with Macmillan will give us an opportunity to further improve the patient experience of people affected by cancer.’
The Head and Neck team provide patients with support throughout their cancer journey from diagnosis, through treatment, to self management. They provide expert advice and support to patients on issues around the physical and emotional effects of cancer and its treatment and ensure patients receive coordinated care. Patients with these types of cancer can often experience a specific range of side effects including changes in appearance, and difficulties with swallowing and speech, which is why the dietitian, speech and language therapist and counsellor are a vital part of the team.
To celebrate the adoption Jane Fizor is planning to hold a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event on Wednesday 25 September from 10am to 4pm to raise money for Macmillan, in the main entrance to Worcester Royal Hospital. The event will coincide with European Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week which runs from the 23 – 27 September and is in addition to other fundraising events that various hospital departments are also organising.
The team are part of a wider support network of Macmillan cancer services across Worcestershire providing information, financial, practical and emotional advice. Support can be accessed at the Macmillan Information and Support Centres at the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals. Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice can provide financial advice on 01905 725946 and Relate Worcestershire can provide support with the impact a cancer diagnosis can have on relationships on 01905 28051. The Macmillan Worcestershire Buddy Scheme volunteers can provide practical and emotional support, and can be contacted on 07764 503475.