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  1. 1. The Plymouth Laryngectomy Club (PLC) A Charitable Support Group for Plymouth Cancer Laryngectomees The Voice of PLC April- May 2011 Address: c / o The Mustard Tree Support Centre, Derriford Hospital, Derriford, PLYMOUTH, PL6 8DH, Devon Mobile: 07745819828 (text only) Email: Website: EDITORIAL COMMENT Our Club comes under the umbrella organisation of the National Association of Laryngectomy Clubs (NALC). NALC have confirmed to us that some of the clubs in the UK allowI NTERNET Links. If you’re reading this on-line and come across words with blue lettering that are underlined, thenyou can click on these links and be taken directly to another membership to Head & Neck Cancer patients and not just to Laryngectomees. Again, this is something that will be discussed at our forthcoming Club Meetings. So do pleasesite for more information on that particular topic. Put your give this some serious thought and consideration. A changecursor over the link, hold down the Control (Ctrl) Key and of this nature would require a change to our Constitutionclick! Ed. but we intend to seek expert advice from our medical supporters before taking any final decision. FOREWORD BY THE ACTING CHAIR Written by Geoffrey N. READ Finally, I should just like to say a big Thank You to the Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership for their kindness in supporting us by providing us with photocopyingDear Friends & Supporters, facilities over the past few months. This has saved us quite a few pennies. Unfortunately DRCP is no more, havingCatherine Zeta JONES is back in the news again, suffering wound up at the end of March 2011. Do you know offrom stress resulting months of looking after her husband anyone or any organisation who might give us assistance inMichael DOUGLAS who is getting over throat cancer. As reproducing copies of this Newsletter in the comingthe stress takes its toll, Michael is now having to act as months?Catherine’s carer! This illustrates just how much thepartners and carers of Laryngectomees have to tolerate If you have any comments regarding anything in thisduring the operation phase and the during the rehabilitation Newsletter then do please get in touch with me in the bestafterwards. It is wondered sometimes just how everyone way you know how!copes. But cope they do! On behalf of the other PLC Committee Members may I wishOur Club was formed to promote the rehabilitation of you all a very Happy Easter! I hope you all get time to viewLaryngectomees in the Plymouth area and to provide the Royal Wedding too!support to Laryngectomees and their partners and / orcarers. We have been wondering lately whether our Club is Best wishes,veering away slightly from being a Support Club and is Geoffheading towards becoming simply a Social Club. What areyour thoughts? This will be discussed at our forthcomingmeetings so that we can try to remedy this situation... if it isconsidered that a remedy is needed! The Plymouth Laryngectomy Club (PLC) is an Affiliated Member of: The National Association of Laryngectomy Clubs (NALC) In Association with Macmillan Cancer Support Registered Charity Number: 273635 A Member of The Plymouth Third Sector Consortium (PTSC) Patrons & Medical Advisors : Mr. W.M. BRIDGER, FRCS - Consultant ENT Surgeon, Mr. Tass MALIK, BSc FRCS (Gen), FRCS (ORL H&N) - Consultant Otolaryngologist, Head & Neck / Thyroid Surgeon, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
  2. 2. GREETINGS! THE PLC TREASURER’S REPORT M ONTHLY Report. The Treasurer, Jean, reports that we have enough to pay our NALC Fees for 2011 which is our only known expense at present. The NALC Fees are due for payment in April 2011. stBEST Wishes to Fiona MARTIN for Thursday, 21 April 2011on the occasion of her Birthday! Happy Birthday Fiona! THE PLC SECRETARY’S REPORTMANY Happy Returns to Irene NORGATE for her Birthday thon Friday, 27 May 2011. Happy Birthday Irene! C ALENDAR of Events. A copy of the Club’s Calendar of Events, including Future Entertainments for the next 12 months or so, is available on our Club’s website. Please FAREWELL DOT! keep yourselves up-to-date by taking the occasional peek! C LAN Newsletter. NALC has very kindly provided us with hard copies of the March 2011 edition of their Newsletter. These were distributed copies at April 2011 meeting and the spares were passed to Maggie and Julia for their patients. Please take a look at the back page to see the write-up and photographs about the PLC. I NSURANCE. One of our PLC Members recently asked me for advice about Travel Insurance as she was getting quoted some extortionate rates for premiums simply because she once had cancer! It didn’t seem to matter that she is now completely clear of the illness! I was so pleased to offer some assistance as this illustrates precisely what the Plymouth Laryngectomy Club is all about... helping each other! We’ve received two lots of information:Photograph courtesy of Liz BURNETT 1. National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs (NALC).R ETIREMENT of Dorothy (Dot) WARE (Receptionist at Derriford ENT). Dot has retired and her last working day at stDerriford was Thursday, 31 March 2011. Ted BURNETT (our Geoff has received an electronic copy form NALC and will email it to anyone that asks him for a copy. Geoff will also pass a hard copy to anyone who wants one and isn’t on-line. We’veChair) presented Dot with a framed Certificate of Appreciation asked our Computer Pixie to put this onto our website:and a Farewell Card signed by most of our Members! Dot was, and especially asked that her thanks be passed on toall PLC Members & Friends. Farewell Dot and thank you from all 2. The Mustard Tree Cancer Support Unit at Derrifordof us! Hospital. This centre has hard copies available for anyone to go in and pick one up. THE PLC APRIL 2011 MEETING It is important to note that neither organisation can endorse any of the companies on their lists but have produced the listsO UR April Meeting took place took the form of a tour of Plymouth Central Library Services after which Geoff, as merely to help PLC Member to find the right travel insurance.Acting Chair, presented our host, Melanie RAWLES, with abox of Easter Chocolates. This was followed by our formalMonthly Meeting in the History Room. We then adjourned M acmillan Cancer Support. We have received the Spring 2011 edition of Mac News. Anyone not on- line who would like a copy, do please do contact Geoff.for an informal lunch at the Southside Cafe at the RolandLevinsky Building at the University of Plymouth. All thoseattending agreed it was a very informal, relaxing andenjoyable run of events! M EMBERS & Friends. Our current Membership Status is shown in the table below: POSTAL EMAIL TOTALR AFFLE. £10 was raised on our raffle at our March 2011 Meeting, and both Ron MARTIN and Dave EDWARDSwon prizes. Hopefully Ron or Dave will provide the prize Confirmed Members: Prospective Members: Confirmed Friends: 6 2 7 15 9 1 15 3 22for our May 2011 Meeting. No raffle was held during April TOTALS: 15 25 402011. Contact The Voice of PLC Newsletter Editor Geoff Read on (01752) 563800 or 0774581928 (text only) or email:, or go to PLC website at 2
  3. 3. N J th ATIONAL Association Of Laryngectomy Clubs (NALC). ULY 2011. Monday, 4 July 2011: PLC Club Meeting at the Mustard Tree followed by Lunch at the Jack Rabbit.Geoff and Jean (Treasurer) will be After the meeting there’ll be a Talk on Heimomed UK bytravelling to London in May 2011 to Company Representative Ulla ROHRBECK.attend the NALC Annual GeneralMeeting. If you have anything youwish to have raised at this meeting HEAD & NECK CANCER PRIORITY SETTINGthen do please contact Geoff at your earliest opportunity. PARTNERSHIPN ATIONAL Cancer Action Team. The February – March 2011 Newsletter has been received. If there is anymember not on-line who wishes to have a hard copy then T HE National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs (NALC) has been involved in Head & Neck Cancer research Projects for many years, through having Members serve onplease contact Geoff. the National Cancer Research Institute’s Head & Neck Cancer Clinical Studies Group. The text below wasP ENINSULA Cancer Network Allied Health Professional Rehabilitation Group. th Geoff attended a full day ofmeetings on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 at Dartington. It was forwarded to us by NALC from what is on The Chesterfield Club’s website.another full and intensive day of discussion and learning but HEAD AND NECK CANCER PRIORITY SETTING PARTNERSHIPenjoyable for all that! If anyone wishes to know more then do (ENTUK and Head & Neck 5000 in association with theplease contact Geoff. James Lind Alliance)P LYMOUTH LINk. We have received the March 2011 edition of their Newsletter. If there is any member not on-line who wishes to have a hard copy then they To Laryngectomee Clubs: HEAD AND NECK CANCER RESEARCH PRIORITY SETTINGshould contact Geoff. PARTNERSHIP - INTRODUCTIONS PEAKEASY Club Cornwall. We have received a copy of the March 2011 Newsletter. Those not on-line can askGeoff for a hard copy. I am contacting you to ask for the help of your club and its members in a project that has just been launched. The aim of the project is to produce a list of uncertainties or unanswered questions about the treatment of head andS PEAKEASY Published Book. The SpeakEasy Club has published a book entitled “Our Story” which relates tohow the Club was formed and to its Laryngectomy Club neck cancer that can be resolved by research. The aim is then to produce a priority list and the results will be passed to research commissioning bodies to be considered forMembers. It was compiled by the then Secretary, Reverend funding.Colin SALTER. Our Club has now purchased a copy and itwill be sent around on circulation to each of our Members What is unique about the project is that it is a collaborationover the next few months or so. Once it’s done the rounds between clinicians and patients on equal terms and theit will be used as a RafflePrize. views of both groups will have equal weight in arriving at decisions about the priority list. People may suffer THE PLC FORECAST OF EVENTS unnecessarily because uncertainties about the effects of treatments have not been addressed in research. Patients and doctors may have very different ideas about whatM th AY 2011. Monday, 9 May 2011: PLC Club Meeting at the Mustard Tree followed by Lunch at the Jack important questions need to be addressed compared toRabbit. After the meeting there’ll be a Talk on The Funny Side those raised by the drug manufacturers or medicalof Nursing by Carol CHESHIRE. technology companies. The aim is to bring our ideas to the fore.IMPORTANT: Our Monthly Meetings are usually held onthe first Monday of each calendar month. The meeting in May How you can helpis being held on the second Monday because the first one is a Your club or individual members of the club can contributeBank Holiday. to the project by completing the form and submitting one or more examples of a treatment uncertainty or unansweredJ question. Could you please arrange a discussion of the h UNE 2011. Monday 6 June 2011: PLC Club Meeting at the Mustard Tree followed by Lunch at the Jack Rabbit. project at one of your meetings or pass the information toPrior to the meeting there’ll be a Talk on the National individual members who you think may be interested? TheAssociation of Laryngectomee Clubs (NALC) given by the NALC address to which forms can be returned is included on the thTreasurer Alex MCGUIGGAN. Alex has kindly agreed to form and the deadline for completion is Friday, 10 Junestand in for the President who has had to cancel all further 2011.engagements during 2011. Contact The Voice of PLC Newsletter Editor Geoff Read on (01752) 563800 or 0774581928 (text only) or email:, or go to PLC website at 3
  4. 4. The form is available for download, so that it can be Geoff THOMAS, 46, who played against Robson in the 1990 FAcompleted and sent in by email rather than by post. The Cup Final between United and Crystal Palace, was diagnosedChesterfield Club website ( has a link with leukaemia in 2003 and saved by a bone marrow transplantwhich can be found by clicking on the Priority Setting from his sister.Partnership item on the home page menu. He said: “Bryan ROBSON was someone I looked up to as a captain and player.It does not matter if the ideas that patients and carers “I know he’ll show the same grit and determination in his fightsubmit are real uncertainties or not, once they are collected against cancer that he showed during his playing days. Histhey will be checked to find out if they have been positivity will get him through this, as it did on the pitch.”thoroughly researched or not. Determination. On Twitter, Mirror columnist Robbie SAVAGE said: “Bryan ROBSON has had surgery for throat cancer. APlease consider “treatment” in its widest sense to include wonderful player and great captain. A strong man who’ll fightanything that contributes to a successful outcome in this cancer.”treating head and neck cancer and improves the quality of And Roberto MANCINI, manager of rivals Manchester City,life of patients. added: “The thoughts and wishes of everyone at Manchester City are with Bryan and his family. I am sure the determinationFurther Guidance he had as a player will shine through as he fights cancer.”Please use the Contacts page in "About Us" on this website Awarded an OBE in 1990, father-of-three ROBSON made 90if you need further information or help. appearances for England, 65 as captain. He won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and theThank you for your time and any assistance you can give to European Cup Winners’ Cup with United in his career as a box-this project. to-box midfielder. In total, he made 461 appearances for the club and scored 99 goals between 1981 and 1994. He managed English sides Middlesbrough, Bradford, WestEditorial Note: This subject will be discussed at the May Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United before taking over as2011 Meeting. In the meantime, should anyone have any Thailand coach in September 2009.difficulty in obtaining a copy of the form mentioned in thearticle then do please contact Geoff who will provide youwith one. D ERRIFORD Hospital Makes Surgery Safety Improvements. The following article was broadcast by BBC TV Spotlight st on Friday, 1 April 2011: NEWS & GOSSIP A Plymouth hospital has made "significant improvements" to patient safety during surgery, the Care Qualify CommissionB RYAN ROBSON Battling Throat Cancer. The following wasLaurie Hanna. th published in the Daily Mirror on Thursday, 17 March by (CQC) has found. Concerns were raised about Derriford Hospital after four incidents in which swabs wereFOOTBALL great Bryan ROBSON is locked in a battle against left inside patients.throat cancer, it was revealed yesterday. CQC inspectors made anThe former England and Manchester United captain had unannounced visit to the hospitals operating theatres earliersurgery to remove a tumour from his this week.throat in a Bangkok hospital on The hospital said staff had worked "extremely hard" to make rdThursday, 3 March 2011. improvements to ensure the safety of patients.Robson, 54, known to fans as Captain The CQC had warned Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust it could faceMarvel for his all-action playing style, prosecution after an inspection in February found it was failingintends to carry on working as his to meet three "essential" safety standards.treatment proceeds. The inspection followed concerns raised after six seriousHe is currently manager of the Thai incidents... referred to as "never events" because they shouldnational team and yesterday the world of football united to pay never happen... at the hospital within six months.tribute to a hero’s fighting spirit. These included four swabs being left inside patients.Former Man United defender Gary PALLISTER, 45, said: Increased risks“Robbo’s battles with injury during his career will stand him in The CQC report into the February inspection, published earlier,good stead for what lies ahead. found the trust was in breach of three essential standards.“Robbo will be up for a fight if that’s what’s needed because These included patients being at an increased risk becausethat’s the way he’s been all his life. He knows all about pain important safety check-lists were not always being usedfrom his career and knows what to expect.” effectively in some operating theatres.And United star Norman WHITESIDE, 45, added confidently: It also found working practises in some theatres "did not“Captain Marvel will pull through.” promote an environment where clinical excellence couldA Man United spokesman said: “The oncologist is confident the flourish" and that some patients receiving surgery were at ancondition is treatable. Bryan is fine to continue with his role as "increased risk" of unsafe care.Thailand coach and as ambassador of Manchester United.” Contact The Voice of PLC Newsletter Editor Geoff Read on (01752) 563800 or 0774581928 (text only) or email:, or go to PLC website at 4
  5. 5. th Karen MORSEOn Monday, 28 March 2011, the inspectors returned to the LINk Co-ordinatorhospital to check improvements had been made. Click here to Unit 15, HQ Buildingcontinue reading the main story. 237 Union Street Plymouth PL1 3HQD ERRIFORD Hospital Named for Refusing to Pay Staff Extra to Work Royal Wedding. This article appeared in ththe Plymouth Herald on Tuesday, 12 April, 2011. Tel: Fax: Email: (01752) 202407 (01752) 202406 Website: Hospital has been "named and shamed" forrefusing to give bank holiday pay to staff working during theroyal wedding. I VYBRIDGE Comings and Goings. th Barn Dance at EST Ivybridge, Saturday, 14 May at 7.30Plymouth Hospitals is one of p.m. to 11.30 p.m. Live Band and Caller, Bar and Hog Derriford Hospital115 NHS trusts in England Roast. Tickets priced at £6 and must be purchased inwhich have decided not to pay advance. Please telephone the Centre on (01752) 690 200 thenhanced rates on Friday, 29 for further information.April 2011.The union Unite released the th Donkey Summer Fair at EST Ivybridge, Saturday, 18 Junelist yesterday. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations, Games & Stalls,Union officers branded the decision "shameful", highlighting Inflatables, BBQ, Donkey Carriage ridesthat all NHS trusts in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and much, much more! Fun Family Dogare paying staff extra for the day. Show from 2 p.m. Free entry and parking. For more information, please callNHS Plymouth, which provides community health services, the centre on (01752) 690 also paying bank holiday rates. This means a nurse atDerriford Hospital will be working for their usual pay while a Car Boot Sales at EST Ivybridge on:district nurse is receiving extra money.Derriford managers said the holiday is being treated as a  Sunday, 26th June,normal working day, as far as pay is concerned, due to cash  Sunday, 24th July,  Sunday, 21st August, andconstraints. All hospital staff will, however, receive an  Sunday, 25th September.additional days holiday in recognition of the celebration.For the full story, please visit: The timings have yet to be confirmed!H ave You Used Derriford Hospital in the Past Six Months? Then Tell Plymouth LINk About it! As part ofPlymouth LINk’s ongoing work to P LYMOUTH City Council Will Scrutinise Derriford Hospital Safety Record. This article was published in the Plymouth Herald on Friday, 18th March 2011:improve patient experience atDerriford Hospital and in response DERRIFORD Hospital, which was warned in a damning report toto your feedback, we are improve surgical safety or face prosecution, is to face furtherresearching the difficulties interrogation next week.encountered by those with Members of a Cornwall Council committee which keeps tabs ondisability when using the hospital. Maybe you or someone health issues say they are deeply worried by recent events atyou know has a visual impairment, limited mobility, learning Derriford and have called the matter in for scrutiny.difficulty, hearing impairment or language barrier and has The hospital has recently been on the receiving end of aencountered problems at the hospital as a result. stinging verdict by independent health watchdogs after a seriesTell us what you think of the signage, wheelchair availability, of so-called "never events", as revealed in The Herald.disabled toilets, pavement camber and even the parking! Jan POWELL, Chair of the Councils Health & Adults Overview &Please obtain a questionnaire from the address below or Scrutiny Committee, said there were real Geoff in PLC. When you’ve completed it you can "It is very worrying," she said. "We really need to know what ispost to the following freepost address: going on at Derriford. "It is the first port of call for many people in Cornwall and weFreepost RRZE-AGZT-EXRSLINk Support Team need to look at what has happened."Unit 15, HQ Building The Conservative councillor for Liskeard North said most237 Union Street patients requiring hospital treatment in her area would goPlymouth PL1 3HQ straight to Derriford. "It is their first point of access, but also many other patients goAll completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize up there for specialist treatment, so there does need to bedraw, with the chance to win £50 of ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers. some form of monitoring from my committee."Don’t forget to include your name and address if you wish to Derriford Hospital was subject to an unprecedented warning bybe entered into the draw! Please return questionnaires by th the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after a surprise visit byFriday, 20 May 2011. inspectors. Contact The Voice of PLC Newsletter Editor Geoff Read on (01752) 563800 or 0774581928 (text only) or email:, or go to PLC website at 5
  6. 6. Among the revelations were six "never events"... those whichshould never occur... including swabs being left inside patientsand procedures performed on the wrong part of the body. S HADOWS Legend Jet HARRIS Dies From Throat Cancer, Aged 71. This article was published in The Daily Mail on th Saturday, 19 March By Simon Cable.The CQC told the hospital trust to take immediate action or faceprosecution and have operating theatres forcibly shut. Jet HARRIS, the original bass guitarist with The Shadows, hasAmanda FISK, acting Director of Commissioning for NHS died from throat cancer, aged 71.Cornwall, which buys hospital services on behalf of patients in Harris, who received an MBE for services to music last year,the county, said the situation was being monitored. joined Cliff RICHARD’S backing group in 1959. They were thenShe said: "Derriford Hospital provides the full range of acute known as The Drifters, butservices to residents in East Cornwall as well as some specialist Harris suggested theyservices for patients across the county. change their name to The"We are working alongside the Primary Care Trust in Plymouth ensure that the patient care issues raised by the CQC are He died in the early hours ofaddressed as rapidly as possible." yesterday at his partnerDr. Alex MAYOR, Medical Director for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Janet HEMINGWAY’S homeTrust, said patient safety was their top priority and they were in Winchester, his agent,"determined and confident" of ensuring "full and Peter STOCKTON, said.comprehensive" compliance with the CQC. A family friend speaking for Miss HEMINGWAY said: ‘JetP ROTEST At Plymouths Derriford Hospital Over Cyberknife Delay. This article was published in the Plymouth Herald ndon Saturday, 2 April, 2011. was a one-off. He had a wonderful sense of humour and was incredibly courageous and incrediblyCAMPAIGNERS have demonstrated outside Derriford Hospital loyal to his friends andover the delay over plans for a "miracle laser" for cancer family.patients. ‘There are three ShadowsDerriford bosses have put back plans to buy and install a forums on the internet and£2.6million CyberKnife radiosurgery machine due to cash fans are pouring out theirconstraints. grief and love for him.’ ACyberknife campaigner Ruth Peberdy and supporters yesterday heavy drinker for manystood outside the hospital to highlight the hope the machine years, Harris was diagnosedcould bring to hundreds of patients. with cancer two years ago.They carried banners, a The bass player performed on tracks such as Apache and on Sirmodel of the laser and Cliff’s number one hit Living Doll.handed out leaflets to Born Terence HARRIS in Kingsbury, North London, he earned hispassers-by. nickname thanks to his speed as a runner.The machine shoots beams Having left school to work as an apprentice welder, he thenof radiation at difficult-to- became a proficient self-taught bass player with a string ofreach tumours, replacing the skiffle acts and a fixture at the 2I’s Coffee Bar... known as theneed for invasive surgery. birthplace of British rock ’n’ roll... in Soho.Ruth said: "Cyberknife would PROTEST: From left are He formed a friendship with Sir Cliff and was invited to join hissave lives. We are hoping to Dianna RICHARDS, backing band. The singer alsowork together with the Ann COOPER, and proved to be a source ofhospital to make the project Ruth PEDERBY. heartache for HARRIS when hehappen." had an affair with HARRIS’s wife, Carol COSTA. Harris recalled in an interview: ‘I never once rocked the boat, asked questions, made things difficult. He was my boss. I wanted my job.’ In 1962 HARRIS left the band and had solo hits with Besame Mucho and The Man With The Golden Arm and the next year teamed up with another Shadows band mate, Tony MEEHAN, for a six-week spell at the top of the charts with Diamonds. He suffered serious head injuries in a car crash in 1963, but fought back and in months was recording again and performing at the New Musical Express Poll Winners’ Concert. HARRIS went on to have a brief stint in the Jeff BECK Group. Contact The Voice of PLC Newsletter Editor Geoff Read on (01752) 563800 or 0774581928 (text only) or email:, or go to PLC website at 6
  7. 7. By the 1970s he had NHS Plymouth currently controls the citys health budget and effectively left the manages community services such as district nursing and music business and mental health. became a professional Paul ROBERTS, Derriford Hospital Chief Executive, said: "The photographer, although results from the national staff survey very much mirror the he returned to the challenging environment within which the NHS as a whole finds heritage circuit with a itself. number of bands. "Whilst there is evidence of improvement on last years results, In 2007 HARRIS released there is a still a clear message from our staff that more work a new album in his own needs to be done to improve their experience of work. right, The Journey. "We have heard that our staff want to be listened to and to feel Sir Cliff paid tribute to more engaged. We need to make that happen." his former band mate, He said the Trust Board is in the final stages of agreeing an saying: ‘Jet was exactly organisational development programme which focuses on what The Shadows and I workers feeling "valued, supported, involved, engaged and needed... a backbone empowered, leading to higher productivity and release ofholding our sound together. greater discretionary effort". ‘Jet will always be an integral part of British Helen ALLEN, NHS Plymouth Workforce Development Director,rock ’n’ roll history. Losing him is sad... but welcomed the survey, saying it shows staff appreciate manythe great memories will stay with me. Rock improvements the PCT has made.on, Jet.’ She added: "Our staff are experiencing a period of change and itHARRIS had hoped to be invited to take part is important that during this they continue to feel valued andin The Shadows’ 11-date reunion tour in supported by managers and colleagues.2009, but was replaced by a session "Clearly we do have challenges ahead of us to make furthermusician, partly due to his ill health. Photograph from improvements in ensuring our staff are best equipped and supported to carry out their jobs."Read more: She said there are a number of initiatives in place to improve communication across the trust.S URVEY Shows Staffs Low Motivation at Derriford Hospital. This article was published in the Plymouth thHerald on Thursday, 17 March 2011: Along with PCTs across the country, NHS Plymouth is set to be abolished by 2013, with power handed to GPs. Almost 306,000 NHS staff were asked about their experiences between October and December 2010. Of these staff, 54%DERRIFORD Hospital staff have among the lowest motivation responded.and job satisfaction rates in the country, according to a massive For the full results, please visit of NHS employees.City health bosses said resultsreflect the "challengingenvironment"... as massive Derriford Hospital W E OWE IT TO OUR SONS to Protect Them Against Human Papilloma Virus... The New Oral Cancer Peril. This article was published in the Mail on Sunday by Professor rdefficiency drives and structural Lawrence Young on Sunday, 3 April 2011.upheaval create widespreadchanges. Threat: Small studies, in which oralPlymouth Hospitals NHS Trust cancer tumours were analysed, revealranked among Englands worst 20% in 14 out of 38 areas... a new culprit: the human papillomaincluding job satisfaction, motivation and work pressure. virus:The hospital was rated amongst the best in five areas includingphysical violence against staff, appraisals, and health and well- The seemingly unstoppable rise ofbeing. throat and mouth cancers over theThe 2010 Survey by independent regulators the Care Quality past two decades has left expertsCommission (CQC) showed improvement or no change in the baffled and deeply concerned. Thesevast majority of questions from the previous year. are truly horrible diseases.For example, 68% of Derriford staff who responded said they More than 15,000 new patients arefelt satisfied with the quality of work and patient care they are diagnosed each year in Britain alone and almost 8,000 die fromable to deliver. This compared to 62% in 2009. The national the most common type, cancer of the oesophagus.average for hospital staff in 2010 was 74%. Two-thirds of sufferers are men. And those that survive areMeanwhile, the citys Primary Care Trust NHS Plymouth scored often left horrifically disfigured by aggressive radiotherapy andabove average in 26 of the 38 questions. surgery. Most worryingly, numbers of new cases have doubledThese included motivation, work-related stress and injuries. since 1989.Satisfaction rates were ranked as average at 74%. Contact The Voice of PLC Newsletter Editor Geoff Read on (01752) 563800 or 0774581928 (text only) or email:, or go to PLC website at 7
  8. 8. We used to think most oral and throat cancers... which also Fifty years ago, sex before marriage was frowned upon andinclude laryngeal (voice box), tracheal (windpipe) and multiple partners were unusual.oropharyngeal (soft-palate) tumours... were due to a lifetime of HPV can be transmitted from a woman to the mouth and throatsmoking and heavy alcohol consumption, and only really of a man during oral sex. But this does not equate withoccurred in old age. promiscuity.But as health messages hit home, numbers of smokers and Carriers of HPV 16 or 18 can show no symptoms for many yearsdrinkers dropped, fewer older men and women developed before the cancer develops, so it is entirely possible to have justthese cancers and a new group of patients... middle-class, one sexual partner and contract the virus without evenmiddle-aged men who drank moderately and had never knowing it.smoked... emerged. This was a surprise. The only thing that stands in the way of combating this deadlySmall studies, in which tumours were analysed, indicated a new threat is funding. Currently the vaccine is not available for boysculprit: the human papilloma virus (HPV), the same virus that in the UK... neither on the NHS, nor privately. This, in mywe knew was the cause of cervical cancer in women. opinion, needs rethinking.For years there have been whisperings among oncologists that In the US, parents are already paying privately to get their sonsthis could become one of the most significant cancer challenges vaccinated. The NHS is under huge financial stress and the stof the 21 Century. announcement of £1billion in cuts turns a blanket vaccinationAnd six weeks ago, evidence published by two American for all British boys into a costs issue that must be debated.universities showed that these fears were becoming a reality. Adults cannot be vaccinated... for us, regular check-ups andResearchers found that about half of the male population limiting sexual partners are the only options.carried some form of HPV; that every year there is a 6% Once contracted, there is no way to get rid of HPV, although weincrease in carriers of HPV 16 and 18... the deadliest forms of hope to develop treatments. For the majority it wont causethe virus... and that up to 64% of head and neck cancers are cancer.likely to be caused by the virus. More tests need to be done to fully understand how HPV isHPV is an umbrella term for about 200 strains of virus. More spread between men and women.than 40 types are transmitted through sexual contact. And we need to demand, as parents, that our sons have theSome cause genital warts but most men and women who catch same right as their sisters in being protected against HPV.HPV never develop symptoms.I was involved in early screening studies that linked the virus to To read more, please click on this link: cancers in women.Now I implore health chiefs to think seriously about vaccinatingboys against HPV. Concern: The Plymouth Laryngectomy Club More than 15,000 new patients are diagnosed each (PLC) aims to offer support and care to the year in Britain alone and laryngectomees and their families in Plymouth. almost 8,000 die from the We also encourage understanding and support by most common type, cancer the public. of the oesophagus. Laryngectomy is the removal of the larynx and separationSince 2008, British girls between the ages of 12 and 13 beengiven the HPV vaccine Cervarix, which protects against HPV 16 of the airway from the mouth, nose and oesophagus. Theand 18. Laryngectomee breaths through the neck, a stoma. It is done in the cases of laryngeal cancer. However, manyInitially the programme was met with disdain... it was claimed laryngeal cancer cases are now treated only with radiationthat giving the vaccine would sexualise prepubescent girls.But it needs to be administered as early as possible before the and chemotherapy or other laser procedures, andonset of sexual activity as exposure to any strain of the virus Laryngectomy is performed when those treatments fail to conserve the larynx.renders the vaccine ineffective.Some might think that vaccinating women is enough, but whileteenage girls are supposed to be given the vaccine, there is no If you are a Laryngectomy you would belaw to ensure every girl has it.Even optimistic figures put the amount of British girls having the most welcome to come along on yourjab at just 70 to 80%. own or with your partner.Currently the HPV vaccine is not available for boys in the UK...neither on the NHS, nor privately.Furthermore, there has not been enough research about how Come join us!HPV is transmitted from women to men... we still arent entirelysure if the vaccine stops a woman being able to carry the virus, Our Members and Friendseven if she has been made immune to the effects of it. meet on the first MondayYes, sex has played a role in increasing the number of HPV- of every month.related cancers... it is incredibly difficult to transmit the viruswithout having sexual contact. 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