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October 2017

Burns Awareness Day 2017
The burns team with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

October 27

Burns team raise more than £400 via special National Burns Awareness Day event

The burns team have raised more than £400 via their special National Burns Awareness Day event.

On Wednesday, October 18, they hosted a stand in the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital to increase awareness around preventative measures and first aid. The occasion featured a visit from a fire engine, plus a cake sale.

Proceeds will go towards a children’s Christmas party for their patients. The Fire Fighters Charity and Essex Air Ambulance will also benefit.

Kate Davis, case manager at the St Andrew’s Centre, said: “The burns unit, the Children’s Burns Club, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service and Essex Air Ambulance came together in the atrium to promote this important day and to communicate vital messages concerning fire prevention and safety in the home.

“Members of the public and staff had the opportunity to seek advice and information regarding personal safety and immediate first aid whilst children were given the opportunity to board a real fire engine. An impressive array of homemade and ‘fake’ bakes donated by our generous staff raised valuable funds of £431.78.

“Thank you to everyone who supported this enjoyable and worthwhile event.”


Head and neck cancer fundraising event
From left to right, Sarah Smailes, Dwayne Watkin, his son Jacob, nurse Leah Maskell, Dwayne's wife Jennet and nurse Barbara Pires.

October 17

Head and neck cancer team “overwhelmed by the generosity” of the patients, family members and friends who supported them to raise more than £7,500 through charity evening

The head and neck cancer team are “overwhelmed by the generosity” of the patients, family members and friends who supported them to raise more than £7,500 through their charity evening.

Held at the Danbury Sports and Social Centre on Saturday, September 23, the fundraising event was an opportunity to help bring patients together who have undergone operations for mouth cancer while enjoying music, food, a raffle and an auction.

The project was organised by members of the head and neck cancer team alongside patient Dwayne Watkin, who had a procedure to remove and reconstruct a large part of his tongue in March this year.

Dr Sarah Smailes, a physiotherapy consultant who helps patients to rehabilitate following operations for mouth cancer, said: “As you can imagine, a person’s ability to speak and swallow is affected by such an operation. After weeks in hospital Dwayne said that he would like to “do something” to thank all of the staff on Stock Ward at Broomfield for getting him through the surgery and making him better.

“Dwayne, Stock Ward nurse Leah Maskell and I talked about this and decided that we would hold a charity evening to help bring patients together who have had these huge disfiguring operations, raise much needed money to help future patients with mouth cancer and raise awareness of the disease.

“After months of planning, we held the first ever (in Essex) head and neck cancer charity evening, which was attended by more than 200 people. So many patients who have suffered with mouth cancer came to support each other and the cause. It was a humbling experience for all of us who work at the Broomfield head and neck cancer unit. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of so many patients, family members and friends to raise more than £7,500 in one evening – it was amazing.

“We plan to use the money to buy tablets so that people who cannot speak after their surgery will be able to communicate more easily and for equipment to make breathing more comfortable for patients with tracheostomies. We would also like to hold education evenings where patients can drop in for support and information about their operation and cancer, which will need money for refreshments.

“Thank you to all who supported the evening, especially Leah Maskell and Barbara Pires (Dwayne's nurses), Mr Fateh Ahmad and Miss Kallroi Tzafetta (Dwayne's plastic surgeons) who helped Dwayne and I so much in preparation and on the night.”

INFORMATION: To donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/headandneck1

Dwayne's Story

When I found out that I had cancer in my mouth I was terrified. The thought of not knowing what I would be waking up to after the operation was overwhelming as I also have a phobia of needles…which made it worse.  On the day of the operation the whole head and neck cancer team were so reassuring that it did ease the apprehension considerably. The level of care and attention I received during my time in intensive care and on the ward was outstanding. I can’t thank everyone enough for their diligence, professionalism and compassion,  so much so that I wanted to give something back and I suggested that I would do a BBQ for the staff. The idea grew from there, Sarah and Leah took the idea and turned it into a fundraiser. We recommended a venue and band who were more than happy to help. Using the longstanding contacts we have from the Aussie BBQ Co we soon had a wealth of auction and raffle prizes to add to the pot. The whole event was an overwhelming success and I am so very humbled to have been a part of it. Knowing that the money raised will go to help others who find themselves in the same situation with head and neck cancer makes me very happy and I hope to be able to do the same again next year.

Finally, huge thanks to the Aussie BBQ team who gave their time on the night to cook and serve over 200 hungry guests, along with Adrian at Danbury Sports and Social Centre for the kind donation of the venue and last but not least Ian and his band Eclipse Live Music for a night of great music, compering and most of all fun!


 

Sam Penry
Sam Penry with the CT scanner.

October 4

Congratulations to Sam Penry on ‘UK Radiographer of the Year’ award

Many congratulations to Sam Penry on being awarded the ‘UK Radiographer of the Year 2017’ title by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Sam, a senior diagnostic radiographer, was initially nominated for the ‘Eastern Region Radiographer of the Year’ by his colleague in recognition of his work in the CT and radiology department.

Just a few days after finding out that he had won this accolade, he discovered that he had even more to celebrate – he had been selected as the overall winner from 12 regional champions.

He said: “When I found out that I was nominated for the ‘Eastern Region Radiographer of the Year’ I was over the moon. The fact that I was being recognised for my work by my colleagues was genuinely heart-warming.

“Finding out that I had won the ‘Eastern Region Radiographer of the Year’ was incredible and then discovering that I had won the ‘UK Radiographer of the Year’ a few days later left me speechless and has to be one of the proudest moments of my career.”

He added that he was feeling “nervous but also very excited” ahead of the official ceremony at the Law Society in London on November 8, when he will receive both awards.

Sam has worked at the trust for nine years and qualified as a radiographer in 2011. He has taken on various voluntary roles including the Society of Radiographers (SoR) learning representative, acting SoR publicity officer for the eastern region and in 2015 he became the first diagnostic radiographer expert reviewer/advisor at Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

Earlier this year, he was asked to join the British Standards Institute (BSI) committee where he will work with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to help develop the first international standard on enteral feeding tube radiopacity. In his spare time he has also carried out research and has published articles and guidance on CT: trauma imaging, hepatocellular carcinoma, colonography and iodinated contrast media.


Mark Mitchell Donation
Mark Mitchell (centre) with the Danbury Ward team, charities manager Yvonne Carter (back right) and fundraising coordinator Charlotte Jefcoate (front right).

October 4

Son raises more than £600 for Danbury Ward in thanks to the “supportive, helpful and accommodating” staff who cared for his late mother

A son has raised £640 for Danbury Ward in thanks to the “supportive, helpful and accommodating” staff who cared for his late mother.

Mark Mitchell, 35, of Oakham, in Rutland, organised a golf day with other professionals from the insurance industry, with proceeds going to the ward, after losing his mother, Lillian Mitchell, to cancer on February 4.

He said: “My mum was on the ward for around three weeks, having fought cancer for almost two years, which were unfortunately her last.  My father and I spent four nights sleeping on the ward and saw first-hand the hard work, care and professionalism that went into caring for patients on the ward.

“It was particularly warming to hear that the ward had a particular piece of equipment - a bladder scanner - in mind for the money to go towards.  

“Having not had much direct exposure to the NHS previously, I have come to appreciate what an incredible institution it is and something to be truly proud of. Everyone my family and I dealt with or came into contact with during my mother's time there was incredibly supportive, helpful and accommodating. Danbury Ward and its staff should be truly proud of what they do for their patients day in, day out.”

Mark also thanked fellow golf day organisers Rob Pearman and Hugh Sprowson for their support.


National Burns Awareness Day Web picture 2016
Muhammad Ahsan, community fire safety support officer for Essex County Fire & Rescue Service, with the MEHT team at last year's event.

October 3

Burns team at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust to raise awareness around preventative measures and first aid as part of National Burns Awareness Day

The burns team at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust are to raise awareness around preventative measures and first aid as part of National Burns Awareness Day (Wednesday, October 18).

The special event will feature visits from the emergency services with their vehicles - a fire engine, police car and ambulance – which visitors can have their photo taken with.

In addition, they will hold a cake sale to raise money for a children’s Christmas party for their patients and would be very grateful for donations of any baked goods to sell. The Fire Fighters Charity and Essex Air Ambulance will also benefit. 

In addition, there will be a stand in the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital to publicise the event where the team will be available to answer questions about burns awareness.

Kate Davis, case manager at the St Andrew’s Centre, said: “Lots of these injuries at home can be prevented. It is about making sure that people are aware of the potential dangers and that is why we are so keen to promote this important day.”

INFORMATION: The event will run from 9am-3pm.