Caring for the patient, family and friends

PUBLISHED: 09:53 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:59 11 May 2010

HELPING HAND: Members of the community Macmillan team: Marian Townsend, Louise Saville-King, Eunice Sirkett, Julia Duffin, Daria Bonanno, and Barbara Francis. am09nurse

HELPING HAND: Members of the community Macmillan team: Marian Townsend, Louise Saville-King, Eunice Sirkett, Julia Duffin, Daria Bonanno, and Barbara Francis. am09nurse

AFTER launching our campaign last week to raise £50,000 for our Charity of the Year, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Crow takes a look at two of the faces behind the charity. Marian Townsend has been a Macmillan nurse for seven years. Her job involves visit

AFTER launching our campaign last week to raise £50,000 for our Charity of the Year, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Crow takes a look at two of the faces behind the charity.

Marian Townsend has been a Macmillan nurse for seven years.

Her job involves visiting patients with life-limiting illnesses in their own homes, to assess them for symptom control issues, and any psychological issues they may have.

Macmillan nurses are qualified nurses who have additional training and skills in cancer care, and they work very closely with GPs, district nurses and hospital staff.

Marian said: "We don't do any hands-on care.

"We are a resource for the district nurses, and for other healthcare professionals.

"We don't only take on the patient - we take on the families, friends, and others who support them as well."

Asked what she likes most about her job, Marian said: "I love the interaction with the people I meet.

"We meet amazing people who are in all sorts of situations and it's a privilege to be able to support them."

Daria Bonanno, consultant clinical psychologist for Macmillan, has a doctorate in psychology, and specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy.

She said: "The core of my job is really to support nurses in providing the psychological part of the job."

She explained how some patients go into hospital because they are scared they cannot manage their symptoms, but Macmillan provides the necessary support so patients can stay in their own homes if they wish.

She said: "Clearly Macmillan is making sure patients get the quality of care which the NHS alone cannot provide.

"We really wonder what would happen to patient care if Macmillan wasn't there."

n TO raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a variety show will be held at Stevenage Borough Football Club on March 26.

The show will feature West End and Broadway hits performed by vocalist Sharon Curtis.

For more information, email Barry Bristow at barry.bristow@hotmail.co.uk

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