By Tara Rippin • 27 January 2020 • 18:46
CANCER Care Javea presented two vital pieces of equipment to aid the treatment of cancer to Denia Hospital’s Oncology Day Centre this afternoon (Monday, January 27).
Nurse Maise, said the microscope and ultrasound machine, worth a combined €23,000, will benefit both patients and nursing staff immeasurably, and thanked the charity, its volunteers and donors.
Explaining how chemotherapy can make it difficult to find patients’ veins, Nurse Maise said the ultrasound machine allows nurses to do just this quickly and painlessly. The machine can reach up to 8 cm in depth, and so has immense possibilities.
“We are very, very happy that Cancer Care Javea has provided us with these pieces of equipment. The ultrasound machine is the best option for this purpose, and we are going to use it a lot, most definitely.”
The charity also purchased special creams to treat skin affected by cancer treatments.
“These have been very gratefully received by our patients,” added Nurse Maise, together with Head of the Oncology Service, Joan Manel.
President Helen Cotterill-Clark was present during the official unveiling. “On behalf of Cancer Care Javea, I would like to say how great it is for all of us that work tirelessly, to be able to see something like this, words can’t describe it,” she said, adding: “It’s an absolute pleasure working with Denia Hospital, long may it continue.”
Cancer Care Javea is dedicated to supporting local people and beyond, who are affected by cancer and have community nurses who work directly with patients and their families, organise appointments, translations and much more.
Founded in 1998 by Irene Ellis MBE, the charity works with professionals and experts to deliver care and meet the needs of people throughout their cancer journey.
They are also dedicated to raising vital funds, distributing them where most needed, and collaborate with other cancer charities wherever possible.
Jeanette Missons, public relations, explained that they have joined forces with MABS Cancer Support Foundation to share the cost of a respite room at the Ferris Hospital Fontilles.
She said: “This room will be available to both MABS and Cancer Care Javea patients who are unable to leave hospital and go directly home, due to further care requirements.
“The room was previously only funded by MABS but Cancer Care Javea agreed to pay half towards the yearly rental.”
The charity has two shops in Javea, holds regular fundraising activities and receives generous donations to help them continue their valuable work.
“Despite most of our volunteers being British Ex-Pats, we aim to help anyone from any nationality and we welcome you to call in to our shops or telephone us on the numbers provided. Our services are not restricted to Javea alone; we work in the surrounding regions of Alicante and Valencia,” added Janette.
To find out more, visit https://cancercarejavea.org/ or email [email protected]
To contact the nursing team, the Nursing Care and Advisory Service on 722 684 093.
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