Herefordshire nurse, Philippa Hurlow, has been recognised by national cancer charity Myeloma UK for her dedication to a local support group for patients living with myeloma.
Philippa is one of more than 70 support group leaders from around the country who received a commemorative framed illustration depicting their role as a leader, and thanking them for their hard work raising awareness and understanding of myeloma, and supporting patients, family members and carers
Around 25 people in Herefordshire are diagnosed with myeloma each year, a rare bone marrow cancer. Philippa Hurlow, haematology/oncology nurse specialist at Wye Valley NHS Trust, has been organising the Hereford Myeloma UK Support Group for two years ago and it has gone from strength to strength.
Philippa said: “I am pleased to receive this recognition from Myeloma UK and very privileged to be able to offer this support to group members. Our local support group helps people to understand more about myeloma by providing information on the latest treatments and advice on how to manage symptoms. It’s a great opportunity to meet other patients, family members and carers in an informal and friendly environment and to learn more about living with myeloma.
“Our next meeting takes place on January 28, from 2pm until 4pm, at the Kindle Centre in Hereford, when we will have a guest speaker. Please call me on 07970 772351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details”.
One of the first patients to join the group was 67 year old John Platt, from Dorstone, who was diagnosed with myeloma nearly ten years ago. Whilst in full remission following stem cell treatment, he still undergoes regular myeloma bone protection treatment at Hereford County Hospital.
John Platts, who is now treasurer of the local support group, said: “My diagnosis was a complete shock and at the time I only had the doctors and nurses to talk to about the implications. They were all very helpful, but being able to speak to other patients with first-hand experience of a myeloma diagnosis and share your experiences is invaluable. It can help alley any worries or fears you may have.
“Philippa does a very good job to ensure that we are kept appraised of the latest technologies and treatments for myeloma, as well as organising healthcare professionals and guest speakers to come along to the group.
“We also hold fundraising events in the county as the group aims to be self-sufficient, so there are lots of ways that people can get involved.”
Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with myeloma. The charity’s broad and innovative range of services cover every aspect of myeloma from providing information and support, to improving standards of treatment and care through research, education, campaigning and raising awareness.
Myeloma UK support group lead Sara Morgan said: “Support Groups are important to many patients and offer an opportunity to share experiences, learn more about myeloma and forge friendships. Philippa does a great job leading the Hereford Support Group, and we’re delighted to be able to recognise her contribution and dedication to the group.”
To find out more about the local support group or make a donation call Philippa Hurlow on 07970 772351 or email email@example.com
For information about Myeloma UK visit www.myeloma.org.uk
Left to right: John Platts, patient, with Philippa Hurlow, haematology/oncology nurse specialist.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.For further information please contact:
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant 01432 355444 ext. 5105.