Message from the BSUH Lower GI Macmillan Team

“ Hello all, I’m glad to share a brief update from RSCH.  We are all now back in our ‘normal’ jobs after a brief period of redeployment during the acute phase of the Covid pandemic earlier this year.

It has been fabulous to welcome two new team members recently, Leanne Tory is our new junior sister, she is working with the team three days/week. Leanne has a wide range of experience including GI surgery and cancer care. Molly Hughes is our new part time Macmillan Support worker, she will be supporting the team two days/week, she is also currently completing her Masters and has a particularly interest in radiotherapy.

The lower GI Macmillan team is still short staffed due to vacancy and maternity leave. We are re-advertising for a band 6, junior sister/charge nurse role and hope we will be able to appoint at the interview late November. The post holder will work three days a week. We look forward to welcoming Zoe our Support worker back from maternity leave in March next year.

In order to ensure people at home have support the team is working differently and have been focussing support on the helpline, to respond as quickly as possible to enquires and help deal with issues and concerns. Due to the reduced staffing levels we have not been able to run our nurse-led clinics or support consultants in clinic but hope to restart these vital services as soon as we can once the team is fully staffed again.

Some tests both in diagnostic phase and follow up have been delayed by Covid but the teams involved are doing their utmost to get investigations done in a timely manner, if you experience any delays please do not hesitate to contact us or if it is a follow up test, contact Claire Theobald and do feedback to the Patient Advice and Liaison Service team about how the delays have left you feeling (01273 64511 or 01273 64973 or email at

The Macmillan Horizon Centre is slowly reintroducing services so it’s worth keeping an eye on the web site every few weeks to make sure you don’t miss out on any services

We wish you all well and hope you and those important to you are keeping well during these ‘unusual’ times”

from Gill & The Team