Who’s who

Staff at Guy’s Cancer Centre

Meet some of the team who make up the Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services at Guy’s Cancer Centre.

Dimbleby_160413_20Donna Howlett – Administrator
A lot of people with a diagnosis of cancer feel alone and isolated. The services we offer help them to fight that, to see that they’re not on their own.

000_3497aLois Jacobs – Receptionist
Lois is the Receptionist at the Dimbleby Cancer Care centre at Gassiot House, St Thomas’.

“It can be a traumatic time in life for any person going through a cancer diagnosis. It is also a strenuous time for those who are caring for someone going through different cancer stages and treatments. When a patient or a carer is referred to the centre for complementary therapy  or  to talk with our psychological support team, it can give a patient peace of mind knowing the service offered by Dimbleby is here to support them. I have seen that the care and support provided by Dimbleby really does bring  comfort and a form of relief to a patient, which makes me feel pleased to be able to assist with this process and to be part of Dimbleby cancer care.”

Dimbleby_160413_59Sue Smith – Consultant clinical psychologist (psychological support co-ordinator)
Sue leads the psychological support service at Dimbleby Cancer Care, working across both hospital sites.

Dimbleby_160413_72Anna Wooder – Cancer Information Officer
Anna works in the DCC drop-in information service at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ and works with patients, carers and staff to help them find the information and support they need.

“A diagnosis of cancer not only affects the patient but also their family and friends and the impact of cancer whether it be physical, psychological or financial, can carry on long after treatment has finished. Getting the right information can help people understand what to expect and feel more in control of what is happening. In my role I enjoy being able to make a difference by helping people to find the information they need as well as providing them with time to talk through any thoughts or concerns.”

Dimbleby_160413_48 Ingrid Emsden-Fox – Complementary therapist
Ingrid works at both hospital sites. In addition to practising massage and aromatherapy she teaches relaxation and stress management.

“Research has shown that relaxation techniques can help people with cancer. We have a well-established Relaxation and Stress Management Course. Patients and carers tell us they benefit greatly from learning not just relaxation techniques but also practical ways to manage their stress better and improve their quality of life.”

000_3330aLorna Brown – Complementary therapist
Lorna works across both hospital sites.

“Being able to offer complementary therapy can be beneficial to patients by helping to relieve symptoms both emotional and physical that they may experience at times. I find that providing support in this way enables patients to cope better when facing the demands of their cancer treatments.”

 

Dimbleby_160413_51Emma Tyrer – Complementary therapist
Emma works across both hospital sites practising aromatherapy, massage and reflexology. She also teaches relaxation and stress management.

“Patients and carers tell us how much they value the complementary therapies we offer, which provide them with comfort, support and symptom relief. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to offer a positive experience to somebody affected by cancer, particularly on the wards where we are an integrated service working closely with doctors, nurses and other health professionals.”

 

Jean MeadowsJean Meadows – Counsellor
“One of the most rewarding things I do is to run support groups here. I facilitate the brain group, the T-cell group and the head and neck group. For instance, people with head and neck cancer are often disfigured or have eating and swallowing disorders, or have difficulty speaking. That group is the only place in their life where they are together with people who have similar problems. They don’t feel self-conscious. They don’t feel judged in any way. They’re amongst people who understand.

 

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