We donated £20,000 to Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead to fund the initial appointment of a specialist skin cancer nurse in their rapidly expanding MASCU (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit). This was on the understanding that it was then taken over by the NHS, which of course, it duly was.
Famed as the ‘home of plastic surgery’ due to the association with Sir Archibald McIndoe and his ‘Guinea Pig Club’, the QVH has continued its reputation for excellence in clinical care. As a Foundation Trust and 3-star hospital, it provides specialist plastic and reconstructive services to the South East of England and beyond.
MASCU is headed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Paul Banwell FRCS (Plast) and provides first-class skin cancer services and education for over 4 million people in the South East.
We are delighted to be actively involved and we will be happy to provide further support as needs arise. This exciting project will allow patients access to one-stop pigmented lesion clinics, education programmes and involvement in clinical research, aimed at improving melanoma skin cancer care.
Early diagnosis and raising awareness is so essential and it’s a dream come true that this unit (which will serve the entire South East) is at our local hospital. This is where Myfanwy (who trained at St Thomas’ Hospital in London) nursed after she got married.