Macmillan Quality Environment Mark Award Unveiling

June 2012

Laura Jayne Brown from Staffordshire who was treated at Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield for Lymphoma visited the hospital in June at an event to commemorate the achievement of a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM). This award was developed in collaboration with more than 400 people living with cancer, who helped shape its criteria.
The Macmillan QEM recognises that Spire Little Aston provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for people with cancer. It also acknowledges that we respect our visitors' privacy, we treat them with dignity and that our facilities will help improve patients' well-being.    

Laura Jayne Brown, who has been in remission for over a year now, said: “The diagnosis of Lymphoma was a huge shock to me – but the care and attention I have received at Spire Little Aston Hospital has been absolutely second-to-none. I’ve been made to feel comfortable, at home and at ease – with every worry or fear allayed and nurses giving me 24 hour access to them. I could contact them if I had any immediate concerns at any time and at any stage of the chemotherapy. This award is well-deserved and I was delighted to be asked to unveil it.” Laura was the youngest ever chemotherapy patient treated at Little Aston and during her treatment successfully continued her University Studies to achieve a 2.1 BA Broadcast Journalism, and also wrote a weekly column for the Lichfield Mercury, and her own daily blog tracking her cancer journey.

Spire Little Aston Hospital’s Head of Clinical Services, Alison Woolner said: “We were thrilled to have Laura attend this event to mark the achievement of the MQEM award. I am immensely proud of the team here, and this award is down to their vision and shared dream for the unit, to make it the best it can be for patients. The award is testament to their hard work, and further demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of care in a quality environment in all aspects of the healthcare services we provide.”

Spire Little Aston Hospital offers a full cancer care service, from diagnostic tests through to treatment options, all performed by qualified and experienced consultants. Patients also have access to the state-of-the-art CancerPartners UK radiotherapy centre at Spire Little Aston Hospital which offers Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) – both of which are highly targeted treatments, shown to significantly reduce side effects normally associated with radiotherapy treatments.

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Diana Walton, Cancer Care Lead Nurse and Laura Jayne Brown

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