5 Minutes with…Carol Waddell

As part of our commitment to enhancing the care and support offered for local people affected by cancer across Northern Ireland, we proudly support the Haematology wards in Belfast City Hospital.

Wards 6 North and 10 North in Belfast City Hospital provide care for those affected by haematological disorders, including blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

We took five minutes with Carol Waddell, Ward Manager on 6 North, to find out more about her role and how Friends of the Cancer Centre supports her and her team.

What does your role involve? How do you support people affected by cancer?

“On Ward 6 North, we care for people affected by haematological disorders. As Ward Manager, I am responsible for the overall running of the ward, leading the team of staff, and ensuring that there is clear coordination amongst everyone involved in the care of our patients.

“Unfortunately, due to the complex nature of haematological disorders, patients may have to spend a prolonged period of time on the ward before they are well enough to return home. We have a very dedicated team who aim to make their time on the ward as comfortable as possible, and Friends of the Cancer Centre are a great support to us in that.

How important is Friends of the Cancer Centre to your role?

“We are so thankful for the support of Friends of the Cancer Centre in caring for our patients. The charity have funded some pieces of vital equipment for us in recent years, such as ECG machines. This means that up to date equipment is available to us and we can perform a range of tests for patients on site on the ward, should we need it.

“Friends of the Cancer Centre also funded the refurbishment of our day room on the ward. Previously, this room was in significant need of an update, and we now have a welcoming space with soft seating, a television and tea & coffee facilities for patients and their families. Sometimes we will need to have difficult conversations with patients and their families. This room also allows us to have those conversations, and give patients and their families space to process this news, without being in full view of everyone else on the ward. This space is really invaluable for us in providing additional support for our patients and their families.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all those who support the work of the charity. Your support allows Friends of the Cancer Centre to help our patients during what can be a really difficult time.”

If you would like to help us support more people affected by cancer across Northern Ireland, why not take part in our fundraising events? You can find out more about mountain climbing or even skydiving to help us raise vital funds here: www.friendsofthecancercentre.com/fundraise.

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