Joyce Young

“The real story here is not about me, it is about care and compassion….”

Joyce Young from Whitefield has been receiving care at the Trust for many years with many different conditions. This is her story about her experience relating to her diagnosis and treatment of a gastric maltoma at The Royal Oldham Hospital in 2014/5.

“I had been under the care of Dr Martin Rowlands, consultant haematologist, for a number of years following a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Sjogren’s syndrome. In early 2014/15 I was suffering from gastric pain and Dr Rowlands quickly arranged for a gastroscopy and bone marrow biopsy to enable a diagnosis of the gastric maltoma. After discussion in the multi-disciplinary team, I was referred to The Christie for further investigations and radiotherapy treatment.

“My follow up care and treatments continued on ward F11 at The Royal Oldham Hospital where I continue to receive further investigations and treatment from the clinical staff on the ward. My medical conditions dictate that I routinely attend ward F11 on a fortnightly basis.

“The real story here is not about me, it is about the care and compassion of all the staff, from Dr Rowlands, the nursing staff and Liz, the ward clerk receptionist. I feel safe in their care and they are responsive to my specific needs. It should also be said that the clinical environment is modern and clean.

“The strength of feeling about my experience culminated with me nominating the ward for the Patients’ Choice Award in the Trust’s annual Staff Awards in 2015, for which they were finalists.”

Joyce plays an active part in running The Pennine Lymphoma Support Group which meets every six weeks and provides support to individuals who have been affected by lymphoma either themselves or by supporting somebody with the disease.