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 New CNS for Merseyside and Cheshire

CNS nurse Maria Guerin and Team Leader Lorraine Creech
Maria Guerin and Team Leader Lorraine Creech

Maria Guerin will be based at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool

Maria Guerin has been appointed as a new Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) to support patients across Merseyside and Cheshire. Maria will be focused on ensuring the highest standards of equitable care for mesothelioma patients in the area.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer and the UK has the highest incidences of the disease in the world. There are around 90 new mesothelioma patients diagnosed in the Merseyside and Cheshire area each year.

Maria Guerin will be based at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool and her new post is funded by Mesothelioma UK, the national charity.

Maria will be speaking on her new role at the Living Well with Mesothelioma meeting in Liverpool on 9 November 2017 in the Friends Meeting House, School Lane at 11am. Mr Ian Ligertwood, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February this year and is a regular attendee at the monthly meetings for patients and families, said: “I am delighted that Mesothelioma UK have funded this new position which will provide much needed support for, and enhance the excellent work done by, the specialist teams in Merseyside and Cheshire for patients and families. I am pleased for Maria as she takes up this new role, as my family and I have personally benefited from the excellent work of her and her colleagues since I was diagnosed. We would like to give our congratulations to her and our thanks to all those involved in my care.”

Maria will support the teams of healthcare professionals throughout the Merseyside and Cheshire area helping to optimise the patients’ pathway and access to treatments whilst promoting clinical trials and research opportunities.

Maria has been a Lung Cancer Nurse at Aintree University Hospital for 20 years where her role has afforded her vast clinical experience in caring for people with lung cancer. In her role, she has represented Merseyside and Cheshire as part of the Mesothelioma Nurse Action Team (NMAT). She is past-Chair of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses and current Vice Chair of the International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum. She represents Lung cancer nurses on international planning committees, advisory boards and guideline consortiums.

Commenting on her new role, Maria said: “I’m delighted to join Mesothelioma UK’s dedicated team of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

“Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the devastating impact a mesothelioma diagnoses has on people. There is significant ongoing burden of the disease in this area partially due to employment in the Docklands and the potential access to hazardous asbestos. I’m committed to ensuring equitable access to treatment for all mesothelioma patients including access to essential clinical trials.

“While clinical support is my paramount role I will be working with other agencies, registered charities and care providers to ensure matters like welfare benefits that central government have specifically allocated for these diseases are accessed by patients. I will be also be working with the local Merseyside and Cheshire victim support groups to ensure patients and families are provided with a true holistic support network.

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Director of Services and Consultant Nurse at University Hospitals Leicester, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Maria to the team, which now stands at 18 CNSs across the UK. Merseyside and Cheshire is a particular area of concern for us in terms of the number of incidences of the disease and we’re confident that Maria will provide excellent support to the patients undergoing treatment.

“We must continue to express our profound gratitude to our supporters, corporate donors and fundraisers, without whom, fulfilling positions such as Maria’s would not be possible.”