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Bowel Cancer Support Group donate televisions to Alexandra Ward

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A quiz night and a sponsored walk organised by the George Eliot Hospital Bowel Cancer Support group has helped to purchase televisions for Alexandra Ward patients.

Five large televisions have been purchased for the ward which helps to treat patients recovering from Bowel Cancer operations.

Group chairman, John Turner said: “We know from experience that televisions cheer up patients when they have to stay in hospital and we purchased large ones, so that all the patients can see programmes easily within the ward.”

Colorectal Nurse Specialist, Louise Roberts, who helped to organise the quiz in April said: “We would like to thank the Bowel Cancer Group and all the staff, friends, family and local residents who came along to the quiz night a few weeks ago.”

The quiz night raised £305 and last year the group raised over £2000 from a sponsored walk. This year the group plan to expand the group and they are busy organising another sponsored walk on 23rd September and another quiz night later on the 23rd November.

Anyone who has experienced bowel cancer is invited to join the support group, hosted by the team of clinical nurse specialists from the George Eliot Hospital.

The group meet the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6 -8pm in the George Eliot Hospital Raveloe Conference Room (First floor, main hospital).

Topics discussed informally in the group have included the long term effects of surgery, dietary needs following an operation and understanding your cancer diagnosis. Patients have the opportunity to discuss the Colorectal service and are providing valuable information to help improve the patient experience. The group have already provided the nursing team with valuable information to improve patient information leaflets and advice.

Patients who would like more information about the group can contact the group chairman John Turner john56turner@gmail.com, email colorectal@geh.nhs.uk or visit the group web page

Patients are reminded that the support group does not replace their usual appointments.

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