“Thank you for putting on such an excellent conference locally.”
This was just one of the high accolade comments received as the local NHS Western Isles Macmillan nursing team recently held a Lung Cancer Conference aimed at health professionals involved in the patient’s journey to enable them to update their practice and knowledge encompassing the latest Surgical/Oncology treatments.
The event, which was held at the Caladh Hotel in Stornoway and attracted over 70 delegates, provided presentations on new targeted therapies and new surgical techniques available for patients with Lung cancer and featured a number of notable speakers including Dr. Ross, Consultant Respiratory Physician; Jennifer Latham, Advanced Nurse Practioner; Lucy Heycock Macmillan Advanced Nurse Lung Cancer.
A number of presentations were also provided to delegates. This included a presentation on new targeted therapies from Dr. Macgregor, Consultant Oncologist, and advances in surgery from Consultant Cardiothoracic surgeons Mr. Ian Colquhoun and Mr. Alan Kirk. The day was completed by a presentation on Radiotherapy by Maureen Beange, Superintendent Radiographer.
Through securing successful funding from Macmillan Cancer Support to host the event, this also enabled the team to address the issues around local health professionals accessing training and updates on cancer care and treatment due to the costs associated to travelling.
Throughout the day delegates were able to network and browse information from the various stalls organised by the Roy Castle Foundation, Smokefree Hebrides team, Macmillan Benefits adviser, Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group and the Western Isles Women’s Cancer Support Group.
Donna Parkes, NHS Western Isles Macmillan Nurse, said, “We are delighted as to how successful the event was. Feedback from the delegates was very positive and the speakers and presentations were excellent.
“On reflection, the conference also extended our team's existing skills; not least our advanced communication skills when we had to liaise with Loganair's Chief Executive due to the flight four of our speakers were travelling on being cancelled! Thankfully they re-routed another aircraft so all ended well.
“On a more serious note, we feel that delegates gained new knowledge and found the whole experience rewarding and our team are already looking to identify a topic for our next conference. We would sincerely like to thank Macmillan Cancer Support for our grant, the Caladh Hotel, our speakers and not least our delegates for attending.”