Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer locally. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan in Worcestershire.
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Mark Squire is a Macmillan Acute Oncology Nurse based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and is part of a multidisciplinary team including nurses, healthcare assistants, doctors and consultants who support people affected by cancer.
The Acute Oncology team support patients who have an emergency admittance to hospital with a complication which is related to cancer or the side effects of their cancer treatment.
Some of Mark’s patients are newly diagnosed following an admission to hospital because they suddenly develop symptoms that turn out to be related to cancer. Many of these patients will be in shock and might not know which type of cancer they have so the Acute Oncology Team can refer to the appropriate specialist nurse and consultant for support and treatment.
The acute oncology service also provides face to face support in a special assessment bay for patients and they look after the chemotherapy helpline which deals with common side effects or symptoms relating to cancer treatment over the phone to help prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital for patients.
Mark says, 'Our role is to ensure the patient receives rapid, appropriate and expert care from professionals with experience in supporting people affected by cancer. We try and intervene as quickly as possible to help avoid the patients being admitted to hospital unnecessarily, we aim to treat them and get them back home with their family as soon as possible.'
Mark continues, 'The support provided by the team is always about ensuring that patients have the best quality of life throughout their cancer journey. The best part of my job is seeing the strength in people facing cancer and the privilege of being able to support them, either through advice or a medical intervention to make their life better.'
Patients supported by the service have found the support invaluable, saying it has 'relieved a lot of stress' and the team have been 'brilliant' and 'reassuring' when providing care and support. The team work closely with a wide range of professionals including keyworkers, GP’s and community led teams as well as palliative care and accident and emergency services.
Mark says, 'I wanted to take a Macmillan post as they are pioneers in improving lives for patients and their carers. It makes me feel part of a wider team with a range of skills and expertise often enhancing the patients care and experience. I always support the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings and I am keen to organise an event of my own sometime in the future.'
The official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning day is on 25 September but events can be held any time. For more information or to get your free Coffee Morning kit visit www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk or text SEPT to 70550
No one should face cancer alone. Call the Macmillan Support Line, whatever your worries, on 0808 808 0000. Lines are open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.
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More about Macmillan in Worcestershire
Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of clinical and well being support services for people affected by cancer in Worcestershire. These services are made possible by the donations raised by our dedicated supporters.
Our team of Macmillan health professionals in Worcestershire are helping people living with cancer in our hospitals and local communities.
Just a few of the cancer specialism’s we offer are:
Gynaecology, Urology, Occupational Therapy, Dietitian, Speech and Language Therapy, Chemotherapy, Dermatology, Lymphoedema, Upper Gastro-Intestinal and Palliative Care
In addition to the medical support we offer, Worcestershire patients benefit from the support of Macmillan's emotional and financial support services.
These include the telephone support line, which is free to call and can help with general information and advice about cancer, on 0808 808 0000, offering specialist advice about benefits and youth advice for children and young people affected by cancer.
We can signpost to the following information and well being services based within the county;
Cancer Information and Support Centres, with services operating within the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Kidderminster Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, providing free and readily accessible information, without appointment.
Financial Support Services from Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice team, with benefits advisers based in Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcester. Contact the team by calling 01905 725946 or visit www.cabwhabac.org.uk
Macmillan also funds a patient welfare grant scheme, which in 2013 alone gave a total of £73,393 in one-off grants to 260 county patients who were in financial hardship. This has supported requests for fuel bill payments, clothing and house hold equipment such as washing machines and bedding.
As you can see from the current team of health care professionals listed above, the people of Worcestershire benefit from a wealth of experienced and professional cancer care specialists. With your support, we can help to increase the range of nursing support we can offer in our local community.
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