Inverness nurses join Mesothelioma UK clinical nurse specialist team

Two nurses from Raigmore Hospital in Inverness have been ‘adopted’ by Mesothelioma UK, the national asbestos-related cancer charity. Lung cancer nurses, Jenn Latham and Lucy Heycock have joined Mesothelioma UK’s growing team of Clinical Nurse Specialists to extend its support and care for mesothelioma patients in the north of Scotland.

The main aims of the adopted nurse posts are to support the development of existing nurse specialists, enhance specialist mesothelioma knowledge base and skills, and enhance the outcomes and experience of mesothelioma patients and their families.

Having qualified in 1993, Jenn Latham has been an Advanced Lung Cancer Nurse, specialising in early detection, respiratory medicine and pleural effusions.

Throughout her career, Jenn previously worked as a staff nurse in acute medicine, ITU, Emergency Department and was a ward-based nurse practitioner, mainly in respiratory, for six years. Jenn has focused on pleural diseases and pleural metastases including lung, breast and bowel cancers. She is also a national representative on the British Thoracic Society Pleural Sub Advisory Group.

Lucy Heycock will work alongside her colleague, Jenn, in Inverness. She has spent the last five years as a Lung Cancer Nurse having previously worked as an Oncology Nurse in Oban where her focus was general oncology, palliative care and chemotherapy, but included lung cancer and mesothelioma. She is a committee member for the National Lung Cancer Forum as well as the Scottish Lung Cancer Nurses Forum Committee.

In her new role, Lucy is looking forward to having input into, and support from, the wider Mesothelioma UK team, and linking into national organisations for guidelines, best practice and networking.

Sam Thomas, assistant divisional nurse manager for the medical division, Raigmore Hospital, said: “The expertise that Jenn and Lucy have, along with the support from Mesothelioma UK, will be a great link to what is available locally and what support is available nationally. This is to be welcomed and will be of benefit to patients across the Highlands.”

Liz Darlison, Head of Services at Mesothelioma UK added: “The Mesothelioma UK Clinical Nurse Specialists team are looking look forward to working with the newly adopted nurses in the north of Scotland where they can hopefully make a real difference to the care of people with mesothelioma, to their families and their carers.”