What a year 2018 has been already! Leading the opening and managing the new Centre of Clinical Haematology (CCH) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, has been challenging, rewarding and amazing all at the same time.
Local government funding and Cure Leukaemia made the building of CCH possible. The new centre allows patient to have consultant appointments, chemotherapy, supportive treatments, diagnostic procedures, stem cell harvesting and participate in clinical trials all under one roof. Enabling patients to be treated by nurses they have known throughout their treatment pathway, have the specialist medical team onsite at all times, greater capacity to provide more treatments and expansion of the trials available to patients, offering drugs not yet available on the NHS and treatment options where there weren’t previously any.
September is national blood cancer awareness month so I have set myself a month to get trained to run the half marathon.
Any donation no matter how small is greatly appreciated. All helps us provide care to patients fighting against blood cancer. Since the centre opened Cure Leukaemia has continued to support our patients providing a coffee machine for patients and an infrared vein scanner to find veins on patients that are difficult to bleed/ cannulate.
Cure Leukaemia helps blood cancer patients to access pioneering drug and transplant treatments by funding a network of specialist research nurses across the UK. Without these nurses, to ensure patients are monitored and cared for, clinical trials of these new treatments would not run and patients, that have exhausted standard treatment options, would miss out on potentially lifesaving therapies. Every penny raised for Cure Leukaemia helps save lives and also hastens global progress towards the eradication of all forms of blood cancer.