Who are we?
The PREPARE for Surgery programme is an innovative, award winning, patient-centred programme that supports patients with cancers of the oesophagus and stomach.
PREPARE aims to improve surgical outcomes by putting patients in the best possible position for their surgery and recovery. The programme offers a holistic approach involving surgeons, nurse specialists, dietitians, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, and exercise specialists.
We provide guidance and support for cancer patients, with the goal of maintaining and improving their physical and psychological wellness prior to surgery and helping them recover after surgery.
Inspired by our patients, the PREPARE team have decided to take on the Three Peaks Challenge. Together as a team, we will conquer the three highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales in under 24hours (mind over matter!).
Each peak - Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales), will represent the three stages of the PREPARE programme; prehabilitation, enhanced recovery /surgery and rehabilitation.
Why we need you:
We have set ourselves the challenge of raising £10,000 which will fund the developmental work for a dedicated PREPARE centre for prehabilitation. This will be the first multi-disciplinary peri-operative care centre in the UK and is being set up in response to feedback from patients and the clinical team responsible for delivering all aspects of PREPARE.
The centre is intended to act as:
- a shared space between patients and healthcare professionals delivering PREPARE interventions which will reduce likelihood of long waiting times due to being seen in different areas of the hospital,
- a safe space distinct from the rest of the hospital environment for patients to seek information and support,
- an area to develop patient networks and gain peer-to-peer support e.g. participating in informal activities such as cooking and exercise.
Help us on our journey to achieving world-class patient care and improved cancer surgical outcomes. We welcome any donation big or small and will keep you closely updated as to our upcoming challenge.