Gerry led a project designed to improve early detection of lung cancer through education of both professionals and the community, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. He worked with numerous stakeholders to overcome the many challenges associated with early detection – all with the aim of ensuring that people affected by cancer can access the services they need.
As a result of extensive media coverage, an unprecedented 300 people went for x-rays over a three month period. From this, 17 required further investigation, and six people were diagnosed with early stage lung cancer – a potentially life-saving result. Gerry has gone on to deliver a further project to ensure that people with learning disabilities are better able to access screening services and are properly supported. This has been another huge success, with 95% of GP practices in his Health Trust area adopting this approach.
If you would like to find out more about Gerry’s work please email Macmillan Development Manager Ruth Thompson.