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New Leeds hospital rehab team to help cancer patients

Left to right Sobia Shabbir, Katie Smith, Gail Pettinger and Paula Adam.
A new four-strong team based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals are providing 
integrated aftercare for patients in Leeds affected by head and neck cancer.

Left to right Sobia Shabbir, Katie Smith, Gail Pettinger and Paula Adam. A new four-strong team based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals are providing integrated aftercare for patients in Leeds affected by head and neck cancer.

An Award-winning Leeds hospital team has been strengthened by a new rehabilitation scheme for cancer patients.

The Head and Neck Team, which scooped Team of the Year and the Judges’ Award at last year’s Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards, cares for patients affected by head and neck cancer.

Now four new members are providing aftercare for patients following often invasive treatment.

Macmillan Cancer Support funded the Rehabilitation Team as an 18-month project, to improve quality of life and reduce the numbers of readmissions to hospital.

Clinical nurse specialist Gail Pettinger said: “Up until now head and neck patients had no funded post-treatment team, and after having such good support on treatment, many of them commented it was a shock once they finished and felt unsure what to expect and who to turn to for help.”

Also in the new team are speech and language therapist Paula Adam, who added: “Patients with head and neck cancers often have a range of issues to cope with so it makes sense to have a team in one place who can offer integrated help, advice and reassurance.”

Specialist dietician Katie Smith is also part of the team, and she said they had already helped around 80 patients, with each being given personal goals.

The team, which is completed by clinical support worker Sobia Shabbir, is based in the Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital.

They have also designed an education programme called Facing Forward, where patients can meet to talk about issues. Contact the team via 0113 2068734 or LeedsH&NRehab@leedsth.nhs.uk.

 

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