Cancer patients and staff were delighted to welcome an amazingly generous donation to North Mid of new scalp-cooling equipment, which can help prevent hair loss caused by certain chemotherapy drugs.
Gifted jointly by the Future Dreams charity and the trustees of Paxman, a company specialising in scalp-cooling to help reduce side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients, the donation is worth almost £20,000 – and priceless to people who are going through chemotherapy treatment.
The package includes:
· a top-of-the-range ‘dual cooling system’ machine
· scalp cooling hats for patients to wear
· service and maintenance for five years
· training for our chemotherapy nurses on how to support patients using the equipment
Dr Fharat Raja, one of North Mid’s consultant in medical oncology and who worked with Future Dreams and Paxman to arrange the arrival and installation of their donation, said:
“We want to say a massive thankyou to Future Dreams and the trustees of Paxman for this tremendously kind donation, and we know our patients will be hugely appreciative of their generosity. Our patients tell us that one of the most devastating side effects of chemotherapy can be hair loss, and this donation will help give them the option to try to preserve their hair during treatment.”
Director of strategic initiatives at Paxman, Claire Paxman, said:
“It is an honour to partner with such a wonderful charity as Future Dreams. Their work – in memory of their inspirational co-founders Sylvie and Danielle – is completely aligned with the work we do in memory of my beautiful late mum, Sue Paxman.
“We are committed to ensuring more people have access to scalp cooling when they are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and Future Dreams have made this possible for cancer patients at North Middlesex University Hospital.”
Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Maria Kane, said:
“I am delighted to be able to thank the kind teams at Future Dreams and Paxman, for this donation, and I am privileged to do this on behalf of the chemotherapy team and all the patients who use our services at North Mid.
“Our doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff at North Mid work hard to provide excellent treatment and care for patients, and this equipment will help them have an even more positive impact on our patients’ care. I would also like to thank Dr Fharat Raja and team for their continued dedication to ensuring our cancer patients get the best possible care and experience while they have treatment.”