Asbestos-related cancer patients in the West Midlands will soon have access to the region’s first dedicated Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).

National charity, Mesothelioma UK supports 24 Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialists across the UK, each based within an NHS hospital and dedicated to providing expert, specialist Mesothelioma support, information, treatment and care across the region in which they are based. The charity is now calling for expressions of interest from NHS hospitals across the West Midlands to host the first Mesothelioma CNS for the region.

This new post has been made possible by a private donation, made by John Blunt from Solihull who lost his wife, Janet to mesothelioma in 2014. Janet was a GP and after her diagnosis in November 2013, Janet and John approached Irwin Mitchell solicitors to investigate the circumstances of Janet’s exposure to asbestos. The generous private donation to Mesothelioma UK is based on the settlement of this case.

Head of Services for Mesothelioma UK, Liz Darlison commented: “We’re so grateful that John decided to use the settlement he received for Janet to fund a mesothelioma nurse. The charity has wanted to strengthen links with the clinical teams working in the area for a long time. We’re delighted.”

John Blunt said: “Janet and I struggled to get the specialist help and support we needed locally so it was important to us both that Janet was able to leave a legacy which would help others in the West Midlands. Mesothelioma patients in the area will now have the support of a clinical nurse specialist which, I hope, will make a big difference to them.”

Alida Coates, Partner at Irwin Mitchell added: “This case took four years to settle and was concluded just days before going to trial. Thanks to John’s perseverance, a settlement was finally reached and I’m happy that it is being used to support Mesothelioma UK to help others.”