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MAUREEN LIPMAN SUPPORTS NEW WARD

October 11, 2005 12:00 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow today welcomed actress Maureen Lipman to the Southern General where she officially opened the new haematology unit.

The new unit at the Southern has been fully refurbished and designed with the patients' wellbeing in mind.Named "Solas", which is Gaelic for light, the unit is designed to help patients, their families and friends at what can often be a very difficult time.

The ward, which opened in May 2005, is the culmination of many years of work to provide a dedicated in-patient haematology unit for South Glasgow.

The unit has 18 beds, six single rooms all with en suite facilities and three four-bedded bays. All of the rooms and one of the four bedded bays have laminar air flow, a system of filtering air to protect vulnerable patients from infection.

The majority of patients in the unit are receiving treatment for haematological malignances such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. They may receive intensive chemotherapy, and in some cases autologous stem cell transplants, such treatments need very skilled nursing and medical care.

Dr Anne Morrison, Consultant in Haematology at the Southern General said: "A single in-patient haematology unit for South Glasgow means that medical and nursing staff from both the Southern and the Victoria Infirmary can work together to provide the highest standard of patient care, combining skills and expertise from both sites.

"In addition, the unit is supported by the dedicated work of a multi-disciplinary team, including pharmacy, dietetics, physiotherapy, radiology and laboratories."

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Notes to Editors

Maureen Lipman recently launched a memorial fund, ‘The Jack Rosenthal Memorial Fund', in honour of her late husband, the award winning writer, Jack Rosenthal. Jack died last year from myeloma, an aggressive and incurable form of cancer that attacks and destroys the bone marrow, causing bone pain, fractures, severe fatigue and renal failure. It affects between 15,000-20,000 people in the UK at any one time and there are 4,000 new cases every year.

Maureen Lipman decided to set up The Jack Rosenthal Memorial Fund to help support the work of the International Myeloma Foundation (UK), or IMF (UK), of which she has been a patron for just over a year. IMF (UK) is a charity dedicated to providing information and support to patients and their families living with myeloma and funding research.

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