30 May 2012
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi made a guest appearance at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull at an event to commemorate the achievement of a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM). Iommi, a former patient at Spire Parkway, where he was treated for Lymphoma after being diagnosed earlier this year, was interviewed as part of the audit process by Macmillan. The MQEM is the first-of-its-kind assessment tool in the UK, providing a quality framework for cancer care environment assessments.
The MQEM standards were developed in collaboration with more than 400 people living with cancer, as well as numerous stakeholders, including the Department of Health. It has been used to determine whether cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer.
Tony Iommi, who has recently been performing with his band Black Sabbath, on a UK tour, said: “The diagnosis of Lymphoma was a huge shock to me – but the care and attention I have received at Spire Parkway 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 and radiotherapy. The environment, care and quality of treatment were brilliant – I couldn’t have wished for more. This award is well-deserved and I was delighted to be asked to unveil it.”
Spire Parkway Hospital’s Head of Clinical Services, Joy Masters said: “We were thrilled to have Tony 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 Parkway 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.