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It is Velindre Cancer Centre’s aim that ALL patients have access to a named Specialist Nurse. Being diagnosed and dealing with the effects of cancer can be a traumatic time for patients and families; our Specialist Nurses provide the highest level of supportive care when it is most needed, with the belief that patients should not be cared for in isolation but within the context of their family unit and that any care must be both patient and family focused.
Our Specialist Nurses are involved in many patient-centered initiatives and are able to provide expert information. Another key part of their role is to act as patient advocates, raising concerns of both patients and relatives to the medical team and diffusing anxieties. They are able to manage a seamless transfer of care between multi-disciplinary specialist teams and are able to support the patient through inpatient/outpatient and hospital and community care.
The Leading Lights Appeal will support our Specialist Nurses to provide:
I had to write and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful support which you gave to me and my family during my husband’s illness. The last two weeks have quite simply been the saddest days of my life but without your care, compassion, overwhelming professionalism and kind words of support during my husband’s stay in hospital the traumatic time would have been unbearable.”