Well, you know posters still have their place. I saw this en route to one of my regular treatments further down the corridor, although thankfully one of the Breast Cancer Nurses had rung me to ask if I could post information around on any of the Breast Cancer Facebook groups I was on.
I’ve been a bit disappointed with how ‘the system’ has (not) worked for this. First I heard that something was happening to the Breast Clinic was overseeing something on Facebook about the Bobby Moore Unit closing (apparently it’s not closing, but it will be used for different outpatient clinics). I rang and left a message for the nurses, asking what was going on (although I don’t think it’s fair that they have to deal with all of us, as well as what must be a big shock in having to leave a place in which they’ve worked for a long time)…. and it seems that oncology clinics will continue (on a Monday) with Dr Chittalia, but that all the breast surgeons and nurses are off to The Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital…. although they are coming back to look after Dr Chittalia’s clinics. This will make the biggest breast cancer centre in Europe … but I just hope that we don’t get lost in the system, and the very personal service we’ve got used to doesn’t disappear.
I complained to the hospital that there had been no formal notification of what was happening, and that we already deal with enough uncertainty to not be sure what is going on in something that has been so central to our treatment. They said that all patients would be getting a letter about what is happening – and that they were all going out this week…. but to expect to follow my surgeon to Wythnshawe for surgery-related appointments (including mammograms), and continue at Stepping Hill for oncology and treatment.
<edit October> I never received a letter, and on emailing back to where I first complained, she said that apparently as I don’t have an appointment with my surgeon coming up, I haven’t been told yet…. but considering that the Breast Cancer Nurses are still supposed to be my nurses, who I contact when I’m concerned about something – that’s not helpful!
Saying ‘So long, farewell’…
There was A LOT of people who had come to see this much loved team…
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.