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New specialist nurse appointed for Merseyside and Cheshire mesothelioma patients

Nurse Maria Guerin, newly appointed Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Merseyside and Cheshire with members of the Merseyside and Cheshire Victims Support Groups

Nurse Maria Guerin, newly appointed Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Merseyside and Cheshire gave a presentation at the Living Well with Mesothelioma meeting held by the Merseyside and Cheshire asbestos victims Support groups in Liverpool. The new post is funded by Mesothelioma UK. Nurse Geurin said “I’m delighted to join Mesothelioma UK’s dedicated team of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the devastating impact a mesothelioma diagnoses has on people. There is significant ongoing burden of the disease in this area partially due to employment in the Docklands and the potential access to hazardous asbestos. I’m committed to ensuring equitable access to treatment for all mesothelioma patients including access to essential clinical trials.

While clinical support is my paramount role I will be working with other agencies, registered charities and care providers to ensure matters like welfare benefits that central government have specifically allocated for these diseases are accessed by patients. I will be also be working with the local Merseyside and Cheshire victim support groups to ensure patients and families are provided with a true holistic support network.”

One of Maria’s patients who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February this year said “Mr Ian Ligertwood, one of Maria patients who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February and is a regular attendee at the monthly meetings for patients and families, said: “I am delighted that Mesothelioma UK have funded this new position which will provide much needed support for, and enhance the excellent work done by, the specialist teams in Merseyside and Cheshire for patients and families. I am pleased for Maria as she takes up this new role, as my family and I have personally benefited from the excellent work of her and her colleagues since I was diagnosed. We would like to give our congratulations to her and our thanks to all those involved in my care.”

The post is for 2 years and Maria can be contacted on 0151 529 2494