Surrey Freemasons, Steve Buttwell and Richard Matthews of the Sir Francis Drake Lodge, recently visited the Oncology Unit at St Peters Hospital and met with Sian Wing, an Acute Oncology Specialist Nurse, and Emma Heley, the Surrey & Kent Macmillan Fundraising Manager.

Emma has previously attended the Masonic Province of Surrey’s “Surrey-4-Surrey” Charity presentations on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support and thanks Surrey Masons for their continued support.

Masons St Peters Services PhotoEvery year, more than 6,000 people in the Surrey area find out they have cancer. There are at least 34,000 people living with cancer in Surrey, and the sad truth is this number could increase to an estimated 67,000 by 2030.

Steve and Richard were given a tour of various parts of the hospital and areas where MacMillan Nurses and non-medical staff work, including the new Navigator scheme which employs trained, but non-medical, staff to take some of the pressure off the acute medical staff by filtering and taking some of the everyday calls that do not need a response from medical staff.

It may be as simple as a patient calling their critical care nurse to change an appointment or is worried about not receiving test results.

All these calls previously had be dealt with by the acute critical care nurses taking up precious time from their clinic and hands on patient work.

The Navigator scheme staff work Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm and are funded purely from donations made to the Macmillan Charity.

This scheme – which has only been running for a short time – is already producing a 30% saving of medical staff time.

Macmillan receives no government funding and relies on generous donations from the public. To get involved or make a donation please call 0300 1000 200.

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