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local lung cancer support group raises funds for equipment

lung cancer support group

Fundraising by a lung cancer support group has been used to purchase equipment for the outpatient department at Darlington Memorial Hospital (DMH).

The Darlington and Bishop Auckland Lung Cancer Support Group, which has been fundraising for DMH since 2003, has raised over £1000 to buy two pulse oxymeters, which are used to determine whether patients require oxygen support, or more radical treatment.

Karen Capenhurst, respiratory oncology clinical nurse specialist, said: "Pulse oxymeters give us accurate information about a patient's blood oxygen levels, which otherwise requires a blood test.  As you would imagine, patients much prefer not to have a blood test if possible and the results are also instant, so any necessary treatment changes can begin immediately. The pulse oxymeters are used as part of the care we give patients with various respiratory conditions including lung cancer and Chronic Obtrusive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), when they attend outpatient appointments.  

George Addison, a member of the support group, said, "I underwent throat surgery myself a couple of years ago when a growth was successfully removed from my lung.  It was an unusual diagnosis and I was incredibly impressed with the care I received throughout and the attitude of everyone involved.  I joined the support group as a way of saying 'Thank you' and to give something back, through fundraising, which will hopefully benefit future patients.

Dr Stephen Cowie, respiratory consultant, added: "The lung cancer support group has done amazing work for us over the years, and has enabled us to buy wheelchairs and nebulizers for patients, and totally refurbish a quiet room. This is a very generous purchase from a group of people who all have a personal experience of lung cancer either first hand or through a loved one. Their work is very much appreciated."

4 November 2016

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