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QEH joins the fight against Prostate Cancer this Movember

While men across the country will be sprouting moustaches to raise money this Movember, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is also playing its’ part in the battle against Prostate Cancer.

Prostate is the second most common form of cancer in men with 47,000 cases diagnosed annually.

The hospital is currently supporting 122 national studies into a range of conditions and has increased its number of trials open by 15% in the last year.

Head of Research and Development Antonia Hardcastle said: “I think many people in the community would be surprised at how active we are in various research fields including prostate.”

“We are very fortunate that people in this area are very altruistic and are willing to give something back to help future generations. All of the studies completed at the hospital are in advanced stages and have already completed substantial testing.”

The research projects into prostate cancer supported at the QEH range from genetic testing to drug trials in a bid to tackle this disease. Currently 54 patients are taking part in the ProMPTS study, which looks at how cancer grows and 166 have joined our two genetics studies. We are looking for a further 8 patients to take part in our enzalutimide trial named Premise, and are actively recruiting to the Add-Aspirin trial.  Details of all these trials together with the eligibility criteria can be found at http://www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk

Anyone interested in taking part in a trial is welcome to contact the Research & Development department on 01553 613532 or email Research&Development@qehkl.nhs.uk

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Members of the Research and Development Team with their Movember Moustaches

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Linda retires after 44 years of helping to deliver babies in West Norfolk

An Auxiliary Nurse who has helped to bring hundreds of babies into the world is retiring after 44 years.

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Nifty knitters present Twiddle Mitts

Nifty knitters have been doing their bit to help dementia patients who are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

Members of the North Wootton Evening Women’s Institute Craft Group have been busy creating 15 wonderful Twiddle Mitts.

The knitted hand mitts, which are decorated with items such as buttons, beads, zips, ribbons and much more, have proved to be therapeutic for patients with dementia. The mitts help patients as they provide an activity for their hands.

Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and the numbers are set to increase.

WI members Sandy Wilbraham and Judith Thatcher handed over a beautifully presented package of Twiddle Mitts to Associate Chief Nurse of Medicine Andy Evans on Wednesday, September 21.

Mrs Wilbraham said: “The suggestion to make Twiddle Mitts was made to our craft group and it seemed a very worthwhile project. We found the pattern on the WI website”

Mrs Thatcher added: “They have been simple things to create and we hope that they will be beneficial for the patients.”

The QEH has also been presented with Twiddle Mitts from the creative knitters at Age UK Norfolk.

Director of Nursing Catherine Morgan said: “We are incredibly grateful for the donations of Twiddle Mitts from the North Wootton Evening WI and also Age UK Norfolk.

“Twiddle Mitts have proved to therapeutic for patients as they provide something to do with their hands.

“When they are discharged, each patient takes home their Twiddle Mitt so we are always in need of more. So we are hoping other craft groups will be able to help.”

North Wootton Evening WI meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Junior Hall at North Wootton Community School from 7.30pm.

New members are welcome to join the group, which also puts on a range of actibvities including speakers, lunches and more.  For more information go to WI Website.

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 Pictured are: Dorcas Atkin, Judith Thatcher, Associate Chief Nurse Andy Evans and Sandy Wilbraham

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Innovative solution to help ease anxious waits for parents

Waiting for your child to come out of an operation is never going to be easy for anxious parents but this could change thanks to an innovative solution introduced to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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