Like most cancer patients, Graham Smith was very worried about having major surgery to remove the cancer from his right lung, and wanted to make sure he was receiving the most advanced treatment available. As a patient at The James Cook University Hospital, Graham learned about a new surgical procedure the hospital was the first in the world to offer. The cutting-edge technique, called microlobectomy, was pioneered by Joel Dunning, a thoracic surgeon at the hospital, to reduce the invasive nature of the procedure and help patients recover faster from lung cancer surgery.
The widow of a “true gentleman” who stayed at her husband’s bedside for four nights as he succumbed to leukaemia has thanked specialist palliative care nurses who made his final days so comfortable – as well as looking after her too. Carole Stiff, 78, said doctors, nurses and the “sweet” ward clerk on Ward 15 were “more like family than complete strangers,” supporting and comforting her at the same time as looking after her beloved Harry.
Patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) have praised a unique service providing complementary therapies – plus the opportunity to make new friends with others who have the condition. The Butterwick MND First Contact Group, brainchild of Anthony Hanratty, MND nurse specialist at The James Cook University Hospital, was highly commended in the Innovation in Primary Care category at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards, run by NHS Innovations North and the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and Cumbria.
Elderly leukaemia patients are now able to receive life-enhancing treatment in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to an award-winning service developed at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Patients can now receive chemotherapy injections at home – administered by themselves or a loved one – reducing the need for hospital admissions.
She might be 100 years old, but chirpy Irene Stoddart still loves nothing more than losing herself in a best-selling thriller, going to see the latest blockbuster movie – or the satisfaction of completing a challenging crossword. And thanks to doctors at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who discovered and treated a sight-threatening eye condition, the former teacher is still able to indulge in these simple pursuits she believes help her to stay as sharp as a pin!