Macmillan nurses specialise in cancer and
palliative care, providing support and information to people with cancer
- and their families, friends and carers - from the point of diagnosis
and during their illness.
They help patients make informed decisions about their treatment, and guide them through the maze of different services. They also help people to cope with problems such as the symptoms associated with treatment and disease.
There are around 2,500 Macmillan nurses, who work both in people's own homes and in hospitals. Most Macmillan nurses work for the NHS, so their services are free. Many people are referred to a Macmillan nurse by their GP, district nurse, consultant or ward sister.
All Macmillan nurses are Registered Nurses with at least five years' experience, including two or more years in cancer or palliative care. They also complete specialist courses in managing pain and other symptoms, and in psychological support. Part of their role is also to share their expertise with colleagues, to help improve standards of care, and to co-ordinate care between hospital and the patient's home.
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Hurstwood Park is one of the leading hospitals in neurological surgery. Their techniques on tumours has given hope to people from all over the country who's outlook would normally be very bleak.
Of course not all cases end up positive, and we hope to provide equipment such as electric beds, so a patient can sit themselves up to have a drink instead of be 100% dependent on nursing staff, this small piece of independence helps to provide some dignity to people were hope is fading.