Skin

UHNM's skin cancer service provides surgery, oncology (immunotherapy, targeted therapy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy) and palliative treatment for people with skin cancers.  Our multidisciplinary team includes plastic surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, clinical nurse specialists (your key worker), a support nurse in skin cancer, ophthalmologists and dermatologists. 

The input of the multidisciplinary team, with a wide range of specialists central to the service, helps give a complete view of each patient's case and therefore results in better care.

 

About the service

Our staff understand the complex emotions and pressures that come with a cancer diagnoses and the subsequent treatment.  We take every measure to ensure you are made as comfortable as possible during your treatment, including:

  • Quiet rooms where private and confidential conversations take place away from the hubbub of the wards.  You will usually be taken here whilst given your diagnosis, so that you can concentrate properly on what is being said to you and discuss sensitive matters in private with our clinician and clinical nurse specialist
  • The clinical nurse specialists and support nurse help patients who have been diagnosed with Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and rare skin cancer, ensuring patients are aware of sun protection, correct application of sunscreen and the undertaking of self-skin and lymph node examination
  • Clinical nurse specialists also take patients through the results of tests and will provide all relevant written information
  • The clinical nurse specialists have weekly clinics and see patients for their three monthly follow up appointment, ensuring patients are still in good health and recovering well
  • Health promotion sessions are run in popular and busy areas, such as county shows, main receptions of both Royal Stoke and County Hospital and local radio stations

 

Your clinical team

Plastic surgeons
Mr W Jaffe
Mr M Maher
Mr W Maamoun
Mr D Prinsloo
Mr A Ismail
Mr E Erel
Mr K Apostolou

Dermatologists
Dr M Paul
Dr R Rotarescu
Dr L Patrascu
Dr A Wong
Dr L Sharaf
Dr C Amarasena

Ophthalmologist
Mr J Bowyer

Oncologists
Professor M Brunt, Dr S Vengalil, Dr N Sharma

Radiologist
Dr N Lane

Histopathologist
Dr V Mudaliar

 

Clinical Nurse Specialists

  • Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist    Gwen Rylands
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist             Elizabeth Spittal
  • Specialist Support Nurse            Sheryl Templado
    (Rachel Cole provides our administrative support)


The specialist nursing team for skin cancer provide constant support to each patient as they progress through their care pathway.  They take the patient through each step and are dedicated to providing each patient with a personal service.  They undertake health needs assessments and provide patients with written information and explain treatments and answer questions.  At the end of patients' surgical treatment the specialist nurse will send an end-of-treatment summary to the patient's GP and share this information with each patient.

Clinical nurse specialists work in partnership with ward and outpatients staff to ensure that referrals to other services, such as local community and palliative care teams, are made.  Clinical nurse specialists have access to:

  • Up to date clinical information, through discussion or distribution of patient information leaflets and booklets
  • Practical advice and answers questions
  • Emotional support
  • Referral to other services (if appropriate) such as community groups
  • Advice on how to obtain surgical appliances


Patients can also discuss a variety of issues, including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Benefits/financial entitlement
  • Support services including social services, home and hospice care
  • Emotional and psychological support and counselling
  • Symptom and fatigue management
  • Employment, driving and holiday travel
  • Help with adaptations for the home/environmental aids
  • Medications
  • Moles local support group
  • Health and Wellbeing events


The working hours of the nursing team are 8.00am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They are available to speak to either by phone or in person on these days.  An answer machine service is available when they are not in due to being in clinic.

Royal Stoke tel:               01782 674699

County Hospital tel:        01785 234310

 

Further information and support

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre will:

  • Listen to how cancer is affecting your life
  • Provide a wide range of free booklets and other written information
  • Put you in touch with other sources of support such as local counselling services, benefits advisers and support groups


The centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The address is:

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre
University Hospitals of North Midlands
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Ground Floor, Main Building
Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent
ST4 6QG
Tel:  01782 676333

Or

County Hospital
Weston Road
Stafford
ST16 3SA
Tel: 01785 257731

Email us at macmillancentre@uhnm.nhs.uk

Please note, we are unrelated to the local Douglas Macmillan Hospice, despite the word Macmillan in both our names. If you are making a special journey, please ring to make an appointment so you are not kept waiting.

 

The Moles Support Group

The group offers the opportunity for patients, family and friends to meet in a relaxed setting.  Members range from patients diagnosed in the last few weeks, patients on treatments and patients who have completed treatments and have been living with cancer for many years.

The group aims to help patients and relatives to cope with the worries, feelings and concerns that a cancer diagnosis brings, and to make sure that patients their families and friends have all the information and support they need.  Talking to someone who has been where you are can help to overcome distress and improve quality of life.

The Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist attends these meetings and arranges various relevant speakers to present to the group.

The Moles meet at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month at:

The Cornerstone Community Centre
65 Mill Street
Silverdale
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 6PF

www.northstaffsmoles2.btck.co.uk


Other support groups

Veterans Agency for ex-servicemen and women   
Tel: 01562 825527

Changing Faces www.changingfaces.org.uk