Western Isles Stoma and Colorectal Nurse Specialist, Chris Ann Maclean, has recently been adopted by Macmillan Cancer Support and so becomes an official member of the local Macmillan Nurse team.
Many have thought of Chris Ann as a part of the Macmillan team here already, as she plays a very important role in supporting people with bowel cancer.
Her 'adoption' means that she can share in educational opportunities provided by Macmillan Cancer Support, so maintaining and improving her skills and care of patients throughout the Western Isles.
To mark her adoption, a small presentation of a bouquet of flowers was made by Louise Farmer, Associate Development Manager for Macmillan in the north of Scotland. She was warmly welcomed by the rest of the Macmillan Nurse team as an official member of the team.
The new addition to the Macmillan Nurse team follows the recent launch of the groundbreaking campaign which encourages people between the ages of 50 and 74 to participate in bowel screening.
It carries the message 'Bowel Cancer. Don't Take A Chance. Take The Test' and aims to highlight the fact that bowel cancer is a 'hidden' cancer, because the early signs are often not visible.
It also promotes the message that nine out of 10 people will survive bowel cancer if it is detected early.
Currently the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme invites all men and women in Scotland aged 50 – 74 to participate in screening every two years.
From April 2013, the programme will be extended so that those over the age of 74 will be able to self-refer every two years by requesting a screening kit through the Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline.
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Caption: Pictured is the Macmillan Nurse team with Louise farmer. Pictured are: Gill Chadwick, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse; Donna Parkes, Macmillan Nurse Specialist (Lewis and Harris); Chris Ann Maclean, Stoma and Colorectal Nurse Specialist; Louise Farmer, Associate Development Manager for North of Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support; Lorna Senior, Macmillan Nurse Specialist (Uists and Barra); Fiona Creighton, Macmillan Nurse Specialist (Uists and Barra); and Mairi Smith, Macmillan Nurse (Lewis and Harris).
Pictured inset is Hazel Hebditch, Macmillan Breast and Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist
Press Releases/Macmillan team/March 2013 NHS Western Isles Press Release
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