Wear it Pink
Staff at Mount Stuart Hospital have been proud to ‘Wear it Pink’ today as part of the campaign to raise money and make life-saving breast cancer research an absolute priority. Breast cancer can tear apart of the lives of families across our community and it is still here, causing desperate heartbreak and tragedy in a world also learning to contend with the massive impact of Covid-19. The onset of the pandemic changed the community role for Mount Stuart Hospital and on ‘Wear it Pink Day’, we are providing our full backing to one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK. As well as the visual support of staff across the Hospital wearing something pink today, we have hosted a Covid-safe cake sale in reception. It is all part of a very strange year that has seen Mount Stuart fighting on the frontline of an ongoing war against breast cancer.
“Now that breast awareness month is almost past, it is worth reflecting on how much has changed since last year,” said Michael Green, Clinical Lead for Breast Surgery.
“Mount Stuart Hospital was not part of a breast cancer diagnostic or treatment pathway. However, within days of lockdown, we were fully established and now play an essential, highly valued and highly performing part of the Torbay and South Devon Breast Care Unit.
“Thanks to the response of the Mount Stuart teams, on the ward and in theatres, we have offered a seamless pathway to women (and men) being treated for breast cancer. The hospital has welcomed NHS staff from Torbay Hospital, who went beyond what is expected to ensure the Mount Stuart teams were trained and support as the service was set up. Today, they continue to help keep things running smoothly.
The real beneficiaries are the patients and their families, who have consistently voiced their appreciation for the excellent care they have received from the staff, so a big thank you from myself and the rest of the Breast Care Team for the support of everyone at Mount Stuart in continuing to provide the care our patients and their families need in these turbulent times.”
Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, thousands of amazing people Wear it Pink in their communities, schools or work-places for the UK's largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.
Hundreds of thousands of families are impacted by breast and they urgently need your support, now more than ever. Please don’t just take our word for it, this brave patient at Mount Stuart is right now battling through the nightmare of this horrible illness: “My mammogram identified a very small area of concern that had shown to be breast cancer. I would never had known it was there as there was no lump – I guess it would have become a lump over time and then I might have found it myself.
“So, if you are offered any screens, make sure you attend the appointment and check your breast regularly. Hopefully, mine has been caught really early, removed and won’t have spread at all. Fingers Crossed!”
Our support and prayers are with everyone fighting breast cancer today.