County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has been
recognised for its commitment to providing superior treatment to
patients with Myeloma, which is the second most common form of
blood cancer and currently affects around 17,500 people in the
Myeloma UK has awarded teams working at University
Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital, its
Myeloma UK Clinical Services Excellence Programme Award.
Mark Jones, deputy associate director of operations, said,
"We're delighted to have achieved the very high standards required
to receive this award. It's particularly pleasing that, in
addition to the care our patients receive, their views and those of
their family, on their experience, were taken into account. I am
very proud of the whole team."
Deborah Grimes, haematology clinical nurse specialist, said,
"Myeloma is a complex cancer which originates in the bone marrow
and has non-specific symptoms, so it can be difficult to detect.
Each year 5,700 new cases are diagnosed in the UK - that's 15 cases
every day. We're committed to ensuring our patients receive
the very best care and benefit from the improvements in treatment
that have become available over the last ten years, which mean
survival rates for patients with Myeloma are increasing faster than
for most other cancers.
"Treatments include chemotherapy and biological
therapies, plus supportive therapies such as blood transfusions and
infusions which help bone integrity. We work closely with The
Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, Myeloma team, on behalf of patients
requiring bone marrow stem cell transplant procedures. Our
consultant haematologists and clinical nurse specialists are part
of the multi-disciplinary team with their Newcastle-based
colleagues, at which each patient is discussed individually and a
joint plan agreed to take their care forward."
Suzanne Renwick, Healthcare Professional Projects Manager,
Myeloma UK, said "Being presented with the Myeloma UK CSEP Award is
a considerable achievement and shows that County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is dedicated to providing excellent
treatment and care. The Myeloma UK CSEP award demonstrates the gold
standard of myeloma care."
Published 11th November 2019
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