Macmillan Cancer Research Centre in Wythenshawe is undergoing a major extension to support more people whose lives are blighted by the disease.
The centre is based in the grounds of Wythenshawe Hospital and is a vital service to individuals and their families who are living with cancer.
The new-look centre in the grounds of Wythenshawe Hospital will provide a much larger activity space and an additional therapy/meeting room, when the £338million refurbishment is complete.
The Macmillan team will be able to offer more counselling, complementary therapies, cancer survivorship programmes and benefits and financial advice sessions.
Debbie Smith, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager at Wythenshawe Hospital, said:” This investment is a fantastic opportunity to expand the centre and, more importantly, help us enhance the service we provide to meet the needs, not just physical and clinical, but also financial, emotional and psychological, of even more people affected by cancer in South Manchester.”
In 2017 the centre supported nearly 27,000 people in various ways from supplying leaflets, CDs, books, activity support groups and counselling. They also provided over 800 grants totaling to £178K, helping with heating and travel costs, clothing, new appliances for people living with cancer.
The charity urgently need schools, community groups and businesses to organise a fundraising event to help support this vital service for local people living with cancer.
For more information and fundraising ideas or to make a donation please contact email@example.com.
And anyone requiring support from the centre can call the team on 0161 291 4876.
The transplant recipient underwent the revolutionary procedure at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) using an Organ Care System which can restore the heart to beating after it has been donated.
Mr Rajamiyer Venkateswaran, Director of Transplantation and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Wythenshawe Hospital, which is part of MFT, said: “This is a different type of transplant because in this case the transplant occurred after using a ‘Donation After Circulatory Determined Death’ (DCD) donor heart – where the donor is not brain dead but has sustained severe brain injury.
“In this scenario the treatment of the donor is withdrawn and allows cardiac arrest to happen. The heart is then retrieved from the donor and is resuscitated on the Organ Care System machine.
“I am so proud of our team at the Transplant Centre. We are the first centre in the North West, the third centre in England and the fourth centre in the world to carry out this particular procedure. It is an amazing development as previously we would not have been able to use these hearts for transplantation.”
The Transmedia Organ Care System (OCS) often referred to as the ‘heart in box’ increases how long a donated heart can be kept outside the body, for up to eight hours. The portable machine pumps blood round the heart to restore functionality. Once the heart is beating again, it also allows surgeons to assess the donor heart more extensively; whether the donor heart is suitable for transplantation, reducing the risk of rejection.
Mr Venkateswaran added; “Using the OCS in this way enables us to have more time to do thorough assessments of donor hearts, undertake blood tests and then proceed with the transplant if appropriate.”
Anthony Anderson, 58, from Swinton, Manchester, who received the heart was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2002 after he began feeling tired and suffered with palpitations.
He said: “My symptoms worsened significantly and I was referred to Wythenshawe Hospital in early 2017. I was being treated on the Intensive Care Unit and then put on the super urgent waiting list for a transplant.
“When I got the call I felt very emotional – really happy, but of course sad that someone had to die to help me and I will be forever grateful to my donor.”
Anthony was able to return home just weeks after his transplant and is continuing to be monitored regularly.
“I think the transplant team at Wythenshawe Hospital are out of this world. I’m getting stronger every day and my plan is now to enjoy retirement with my wife Lisa, a paediatric nurse at Salford Royal, ” he added.
Mr Venkateswaran also hopes that by utilising hearts from this new source could now increase the number of transplants undertaken at Wythenshawe Hospital.
He said: “We currently undertake 25 heart transplants a year, but we are hoping this could increase by 20%, just by now starting to use hearts from DCD donors.”
The OCS machine has been funded by the New Start Charity which donated £125,000. New Start is a charity set up to provide financial assistance to the heart and lung transplantation programme and future clinical developments in heart and lung surgery at Wythenshawe Hospital.
In 2017, Wythenshawe Hospital celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first transplant operation.
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A Macmillan advice worker based at Wythenshawe Hospital who has helped ease the money worries for people affected by cancer by securing extra benefits, is retiring to the sun after 10 years service.
Glenn Dawson, 58, is a member of a Macmillan team dedicated to helping people secure government grants and benefits to help reduce the financial problems caused by a cancer diagnosis.
He devoted his days to help Manchester residents receive the support they need, after losing his wife Emma, 58, to bowel cancer in 2011, and experiencing money worries first hand.
Since then he has personally secured more than £16 million in benefits for people affected by cancer through working for the service, based at North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and University Hospital of South Manchester in Wythenshawe.
He said: “The role of a benefits advisor is very important, as more and more people are being diagnosed with cancer every day. In a lot of cases some people have never claimed benefits before, or never thought they would have to, and that’s when we can help support them and secure the benefits or grants they are entitled to.
“I will really miss being part of the Macmillan advice team in Manchester, which provides such a vital service. But I feel a real sense of achievement, to not only have helped raise more than £16 million in benefits for people affected by cancer, but to know the service we provide has such a massive impact on their lives.”
Glenn, who has two children and a grandchild, and was part of the team that started the Macmillan Benefits Helpline, is retiring to Portugal with his wife, Linda, where he plans to work in property management and run karaoke nights in their local bar.
Richard Hunt, Macmillan Partnership Manager for Greater Manchester, added: “I’d like to thank Glenn for his unwavering and dedicated support, both professionally and personally, over the last 10 years. He has been a fantastic asset to the team, and a great ambassador for Macmillan, and he has helped provide vital financial support and advice to thousands of people affected by cancer in Manchester, when they have needed it most.”
The Macmillan Advice Service in Manchester, which is provided by Manchester City Council and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, works to help address the financial needs of people affected by cancer.
It was launched in 2006 and has raised more than £52 million in extra benefits for people affected by cancer over the past decade.
For further advice, or to make an appointment to see an advisor, contact North Manchester General Hospital on 0161 922 3517, Manchester Royal Infirmary on 0161 276 3244 / 3246 or University Hospital of South Manchester on 0161 291 4931 / 2165.
Junior doctors at Wythenshawe Hospital braved appalling weather this morning as they began their fourth strike in protest at government plans for a new contract.
As pickets were pelted with rain and hail, local doctor’s union rep, Joe Cohen insisted spirits were not dampened and strikers were determined to win their fight with the government.
As well as this week’s strike and prospect of an all-out strike later this month, the government is facing two legal challenges to the imposition of the new contract, which will see doctors paid less for working weekends.
The government says the changes are needed to improve care at weekends and create a “seven-day service” – a claim disputed by the doctors’ union the British Medical Association.
And Manchester Trades Union Council, which represents unions throughout the city, invites everyone who wants to support the junior doctors to a meeting at the Mechanics Institute on Princess Street on Thursday April 7 at 6.30pm.
The meeting has been called to discuss the setting up support groups of trade unionists, patients and local residents from communities around all the Manchester and Trafford hospitals.
And Mr Cohen, a BMA representative at the Wythenshawe Hospital urged local people to lobby MPs and apply political pressure on the government.
Currently, junior doctors are paid more for working unsocial hours at night or at the weekend, but under the imposed new contracts, the Saturday day shift will be paid at a normal rate in return for a rise in basic pay.
The legal challenges to the contracts come from the BMA and the NHS staff campaign group, Just Health, who both say the contracts have been imposed unfairly and without proper consultation.
In a statement on Just Health’s website set up to raise cash for the legal action, they say: “Our independent action challenges the legality of the Health Secretary’s decision to impose the contract itself; whether he has any legal power to make the decision and whether it has any legal effect.
“Both legal cases complement each other in holding the Government to account on its strategies for decision making on NHS policy and patient care.”
Bosses at Wythenshawe Hospital say patients needing urgent or emergency care will continue to be seen and treated as quickly as possible.
Deputy Chief Executive of the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Wythenshawe Hospital, Silas Nicholls, said: “Any patient scheduled to have treatment at UHSM on Wednesday 6th April or Thursday 7th April and directly affected by this planned industrial action will have been notified of plans. All postponed appointment or operations will be rearranged. If you have a query regarding your appointment please call 0161 291 5197.”