Mary – Stobhill Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist

Mary – Stobhill Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist


My name’s Mary McGlade and I’m a Breast Clinical
Nurse Specialist based at Stobhill Hospital. My job involves supporting patients and their
families through their breast cancer diagnosis, through their treatment and beyond. We do
a Holistic Needs Assessment with the patient and we will discuss and plan a care plan with
them and we’ll also go through their treatment summary. So this is different from what we were
doing before because although we were meeting with patients and giving them all the information
and trying to refer them on to the appropriate agencies, it wasn’t set up in a formal way
so sometimes it wasn’t the right time for them. So by introducing the end-of-treatment
clinics what we’re doing is meeting all the patients roughly six weeks after they’ve finished
their hospital-based treatment. So that could be chemotherapy or radiotherapy or surgery. By that point in time they’ve had time to reflect and we can hopefully identify if
they’re having any ongoing issues with side effects of treatment. We’ve even had patients
who’ve said that they don’t really have any concerns when we’re going through the concerns
checklist – the Holistic Needs Assessment that we use with them – we’re sitting down
having a conversation with them after that, then they have identified other issues with
regards to anxiety and fear of recurrence and things like that. The most important thing
is having the time to sit down and have the conversation with someone. Because they know
that they’ve got that appointment with you then I think it frees them up to sit down
and ask all these questions that they might not get the opportunity to ask when they’re
coming up for the appointment with the consultant. It’s empowered patients with their self-management
and it’s allowed them to take control. The patient is well informed and it’s not that
we weren’t telling people this before, we were, but with the information overload that
you get when people are first diagnosed and going through all their different treatments,
I think it’s nice to take that time and reflect on their journey and reflect on their treatment.


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