ANGELA Goldfinch has been appointed as a new Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Angela will be based at Broomfield Hospital which covers in and around the areas of Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree.
Mesothelioma is a cancer related to exposure to asbestos and predominantly affects the lining of the lungs. The UK has the highest incidence of the disease in the world with around 2,700 people diagnosed each year with Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust treating 60 asbestos-related cancer patients each year.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist position is funded by Mesothelioma UK and HASAG, a leading UK support group for people living with mesothelioma and asbestos diseases in London and the south-east. In her new role, Angela will focus on caring for patients with lung cancer and mesothelioma at every part of their treatment journey, helping to make their journey as smooth as possible. She will provide specialist support and advice to patients, families, and also healthcare professionals.
Angela qualified as Registered Nurse in 2004 and has worked in respiratory medicine, oncology and palliative care throughout her career. In 2013 she took up a position as Lung Cancer Nurse at Basildon Hospital and was a key worker for patients diagnosed with both lung cancer and mesothelioma, offering them hospital-based support from pre-diagnosis through to treatment and palliative care.
Commenting on her new role, Angela said:
“Since working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist I have always been inspired by the Mesothelioma UK nurses and to now have the opportunity to join them is such an honour. I am really looking forward to becoming a keyworker to patients and families locally and providing a specialist support role in Essex. This will include using education to promote awareness and setting up a support group alongside HASAG.”
Lorraine Creech, Head of Nursing for Mesothelioma UK, added:
“I am really pleased that Angela has been able to join the Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialist team. We’re so grateful for the generosity of HASAG in helping us to establish this new post and we’re pleased to be able to strengthen the support available in the area.”
Lynne Squibb co-founder of HASAG added:
“Angela will be the third Meso UK nurse that HASAG are part Funding, we are delighted and excited to be working closely with her to support Mesothelioma patients across the region. Thanks to our supporters this has been possible, we cannot thank them enough. We look forward to our close working relationship continuing, which will benefit so many Mesothelioma patients and their loved ones.”
Emma Chaplin, associate director of nursing for cancer for Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“This is the first time we have had a specialist nurse for those affected by asbestos-related cancer. Having Angela in the post will make a big difference, ensuring people affected by this cancer are provided specialist information, support and care.”