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Mid Yorkshire Cancer Support Team expands

Photo: (L-R) 7 of the The Macmillan Head and Neck Cancer team; Ian Petrie ,Emily Fletcher, Nina Corfield, Lisa Ross, Helen Chadwick, Laura Horgan and Cathryn George.

The Macmillan Head and Neck Cancer team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are now able to offer valuable support to more patients thanks to four new recruits.

The Macmillan Head and Neck Cancer team, based at Pinderfields Hospital, provide much needed support to patients with Head & Neck cancer by providing expert advice, support and information on diagnosis, investigations, treatment and follow-up care.

The team have now been joined by Ian Petrie (Alcohol Liaison Nurse), Laura Horgan (Macmillan Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist) and Emily Fletcher (Head and Neck Speech Therapist). The team have also recently appointed their newest recruit Daniella Haft (Head and Neck Specialist Dietitian) who is due to join the team in March.

Ian Petrie joined the team from St James’s Hospital in Leeds where he was an Alcohol Liaison Nurse; whilst Laura Horgan joined the team following a promotion from a ward based staff nurse position. Emily Fletcher, Speech & Language Therapist, previously worked full time on the acute wards at Pinderfields, and will be supporting Nina Corfield (Macmillan Specialist Speech and  Language Therapist) three days a week, Tuesday to Thursday at Pinderfields Hospital.

The team has gradually evolved from a small team of four to a strong team of nine, who support over 130 new head and neck cancer patients per year within Mid Yorkshire, plus existing patients for their five year cancer rehabilitation and follow up including a group of patients who get support lifelong.  This support is available five days a week.

Helen Chadwick, Macmillan Larynx Cancer & Tracheostomy Nurse Specialist, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said “The improvement of support locally for people with head and neck cancer in the Mid Yorkshire region is vital as more and more people locally are being diagnosed with this form of cancer. We are delighted to welcome Ian, Laura, Emily and Daniella to the team and know they will provide much needed additional support for our patients.”