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New Barnstaple chemo unit manager appointed

PUBLISHED: 10:05 19 May 2014 | UPDATED: 11:00 19 May 2014

Emma Thoms is the new Macmillan nurse for North Devon.

Emma Thoms is the new Macmillan nurse for North Devon.

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Macmillan has funded the new nurse to manage North Devon District Hospital’s new chemotherapy unit.

THE unit manager for the new Chemotherapy Unit at North Devon District Hospital has been recruited thanks to funding from Macmillan.

The cancer support charity’s new recruit, Emma Thoms, has begun work in the existing unit but will manage the new unit once it has opened.

Emma has moved from Dudley, where she worked for a number of years in the haematology and oncology unit, to take up the role.

Her new role will involve working closely with patients to support them through their treatment as well as running the unit along with 15 staff.

Emma said: “I really wanted this job and I was so excited to get it.

“It is a real privilege to help people at such a tough time in their lives and I get a lot of job satisfaction from it.”

Emma has already started making changes to improve waiting times, help patients manage side effects and ensuring people have access to information leaflets.

She is also looking to implement a helpline service for people who have worries about side effects during and after treatment.

Sian Ward-Edwards, local fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “We are so thrilled to be able to fund this new role for North Devon and welcome Emma to the team.

“I know she has lots of plans that will really make a difference to local people diagnosed with cancer.

“Over 98 per cent of Macmillan’s income is from public donations, so it’s thanks to the generosity of the local community that we are able to fund new roles like Emma’s.”

Last year Macmillan’s Barnstaple fundraising committee raised £37,000 by organising fundraising events and securing the support of local businesses.

Anyone that wants to get involved with Macmillan can contact Sian on sward-edwards@macmillan.org.uk or 07834 192 244.

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