Making a stand against ovarian cancer
29 March 2017
The end of March sees ovarian cancer awareness month come to a close. Earlier this month Southend Hospital staff and members of its cervical, ovarian, perineal, endometrial cancer support group (COPES) which supports those affected by gynaecological cancers, brought their information stand to the Trust.
Wendy Davies and Sue Soper, COPES Chair and Secretary
respectively, were both treated for ovarian cancer at Southend over
a decade ago and now raise awareness about the signs and symptoms
of the disease, often working very closely with the hospital's
Gynaecology Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS).
The stand was targeted at reaching Southend Hospital staff, at
both a personal and patient level. Rachel Keenan, Gynaecology CNS
explained: "It's very important we reach staff regarding their
health needs as they need looking after. We also wanted to raise
awareness across teams and wards, asking staff to think out of the
box when patients present themselves at A&E with symptoms."