Monday 22nd September 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2014
Macmillan has invested £250,000 to improve post-treatment support for people with head and neck cancer in South West and Mid Wales
The funding will help people in Hywel Dda access specialist speech and language therapy in their local hospital using telemedicine equipment. Telemedicine lets health professionals communicate with patients using remote technology, for example via a video link.
The speech and language therapy helps people to talk, eat and drink again after their treatment, as it can be more difficult for them to talk and swallow after surgery or radiotherapy. Previously, people living in Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire had to travel almost two hours each way to have this support at Swansea’s Singleton Hospital. This was often costly and tiring after their cancer treatment. Now Hywel Dda patients can have a telemedicine consultation with Sali Curtis, the Macmillan Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist based at Singleton Hospital, closer to home from Bronglais, Glangwili or Withybush hospitals. During this consultation, people are accompanied by Danna Jones, Macmillan Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. Sali and Danna are two of a team of six Macmillan speech and language therapists.
Email David Nicholson, Senior Communications Officer (Wales).