THE Labour MP for Rochdale, Tony Lloyd, made a visit to the Victoria Unit today, which provides a breast clinic at The Royal Oldham Hospital, where he met with patients and staff, including the Unit’s newly appointed Consultant.
Tony Lloyd MP was greeted on arrival at the Victoria Unit at 4.30pm by Miss Maria Bramley, the Breast Surgery Consultant who arranged the visit, and he was then introduced to Mr Mohammed Absar, Consultant and Clinical Director for Breast Surgery, and Richard Tipney, Directorate Manager – Specialist Surgery (Breast and Maxillofacial Surgery).
The group then went on to tour the Victoria Unit speaking with patients and staff and exploring the Unit’s facilities.
Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale said:
“Breast cancer used to be a major killer but the really good news is both with modern developments in medicine and with women and some men being prepared to come forward for early diagnosis we know that it can be treated. There are now many survivors of breast cancer and that’s the great news, but if in doubt always go and see your doctor. The work that is being done here at The Royal Oldham Hospital for the people across Greater Manchester truly is groundbreaking and many people will testify to that. You may know somebody near you who has been a beneficiary.”
Mr Mohammed Absar, Consultant and Clinical Director for Breast Surgery (pictured above) said:
“It was an honour to meet with Tony Lloyd MP for Rochdale and to show him some of the wonderful work we do here on a daily basis at The Victoria Unit. The staff and patients were pleased to meet him and he heard firsthand about the great work the staff are doing.”
The Victoria Unit provides a one stop breast clinic for patients with suspected breast cancer as well as other breast related problems, providing expert advice, and performing any tests that are required for patients.
The Unit’s aim is to ensure that by the end of a patient’s first appointment, they will have been fully investigated, diagnosed and the results explained to them, with input provided by a multi-disciplinary team including breast care nurses, surgeons, oncologists and radiologists.
The Breast Service, which is managed by North Manchester General Hospital, provides a service to patients from Rochdale, Oldham and Bury, and continues to exceed all national treatment targets for cancer, with 99.5 percent of new referrals receiving a first appointment within two weeks of referral from their GP (operational standard is 93 percent). For patients diagnosed as having cancer, 97.6 percent of patients have treatment within 62 days of referral (operational standard is 85 percent).
The service also receives extremely good patient feedback and a recent comment left by a patient said: “I was overwhelmed when first diagnosed, but I felt supported and had excellent care through my treatment. All the breast cancer team were excellent.”
The Service continues to expand with Miss Kathryn Williams, Consultant Surgeon, commencing in post in November 2017.
The visit coincides with the end of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Oct) where Breast Cancer Care is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon. The Trust has its own Link4Pink Appeal that was created in 2008 to benefit patients attending the Victoria Breast Unit. To find out more about Link4Pink go to the Trust Charity page on the Trust website: http://www.pat.nhs.uk/get-involved/fundraising-appeals.htm
Pictured left to right: Karen Brentnall, Clinical Support; Ann Rawlinson, Advance Practitioner Radiographer; Ruth Brennan, Staff Nurse; Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale; Miss Maria Bramley, Consultant; Catherine Hannah, Advance Practitioner Radiographer