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1 Issue 3 November 2014 In this issue... Norman s Story Benefit Entitlements Clinical Trials British Lung Foundation

2 Contents 2 Success for Brentwood Widow Testimonial 3 Normans Story Rose Fletcher talks Welcome to the latest issue of Asbestos Justice. This month we re featuring Normans Story. Norman s wife Rose gives an intimate, heart-warming, no holds barred account of her late husband s battle with Mesothelioma. If you would like to share your story with us, or contribute towards our next issue of Justice, please Thanks for reading and keep sharing! 8 Benefit Entitlements War Disablement Pension explained 9 Organisation profile: British Lung Foundation Consultant Profile Dr. Faheez Mohamed 10 Treatment Centres Where to find asbestos disease treatment in the UK I had a brilliant outcome to my case Mrs Tattersall For expert legal advice & guidance, call Keep in touch Success for Brentwood Widow Helena Cameron dealt with my claim for compensation following the death of my husband from Mesothelioma. I am disabled and my husband was my main carer. His illness and subsequent death meant that I have had to rely heavily on family to assist me and the high settlement obtained by Asbestos Justice reflected this. They dealt with this sensitive matter in a caring and Asbestos Justice in Plymouth Herald Plymouth has the highest rate of asbestos-related illnesses as a result of asbestos used in and around Devonport Docks. We re helping to raise awareness and provide justice for all those affected. Have you spotted our latest advert in this week s Plymouth Herald? kind way dealing with all my questions. It was a drawn out case due to the defendant s delays and I appreciate their determination in getting the best result for me. I would not hesitate in contacting them in the future should I need further assistance. The service was excellent and I hope they keep doing what they already do so well! 2

3 Benefit Entitlements There are numerous state benefits which you may be able to claim if your asbestos related disease was caused whilst in employment. Our trained experts can assist you every step of the way. Call for help & advice War Disablement Pension Ex-servicemen and servicewomen who were exposed to asbestos dust before May 1987 are unable to sue the State for compensation when they develop an asbestos related disease due to the rule of Crown Immunity. Fortunately, there is still hope. If you were exposed to asbestos before 1987, you are entitled to claim a War Disablement Pension through Veterans UK. Asbestos Justice explains how you can claim extra financial support for your time serving our country. Am I eligible to claim? If you are no longer serving in HM Armed Forces and you have a disability, physically or mentally, that you believe was caused or made worse during your time of service before 6 April 2005, then you are entitled to claim for a War Disablement Pension. There is no time limit for this type of claim; the only restriction is that you can only claim once your full service has ended. How do I apply? Applying for your War Disability Pension is made by filling out the correct form and posting this to Veterans UK. The relevant application form can be downloaded from. Find out More Visit our website for detailed information about eligibility for War Disablement Pensions Useful Contacts The Veterans Agency Website: Norcross, Blackpool, FY5 3WP. Tel: The War Pensioners Welfare Service Albert Bridge House, Bridge Street, Manchester, M60 9DF. Tel: For those who have suffered exposure to asbestos in military service after May 1987 or were exposed to asbestos in a civilian capacity and go onto develop an asbestos related condition, you could be entitled to recover asbestos disease compensation. Contact Asbestos Justice on for expert legal advice. Change in Benefit Entitlement. In our October Issue we featured the Disability Living Allowance as an available benefit. However, this has since been replaced by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). We ll feature a full PIP update in our upcoming January Issue. Asbestos Justice Team To assess your eligibility please contact Asbestos Justice on 3

4 Norman s courageous battle Rose Fletcher recounts her late husbands diagnosis, treatment and fight with mesothelioma. At the end of March 2010 we had just celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary, and had booked our annual trip to Wimbledon. Times were good. In April of that year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and was to have major surgery in May. We came home from the hospital and sat together on the sofa. With tears in his eyes Norman said to me I wish I could take it off you, that s how much I was loved by this wonderful man. How I wish he hadn t said those words. During May/June I had my surgery. Norman cared for me and helped me recover; just him being there meant everything to me. My goal was to go to Wimbledon and we had a wonderful time (it didn t rain once). July 30th. Our trip to see our daughter Diane. Norman and her husband John always played in the local pubs golf tournament. Norman came home early from the nineteenth hole which was very unusual. It was here our nightmare started. Norman had some problems whilst playing golf that day, but being Norman he played it down and carried on playing having to take frequent rests because he couldn t catch his breath. As it was late on a Friday night and we were not going home until the Sunday we didn t do anything as he said he was ok. August 2nd. Monday morning, Norman went to the doctors and I went to work. I was just doing a couple of hours here and there because I was still recovering from my surgery. The GP diagnosed Angina although the Electrocardiogram (ECG) he gave him was normal (how I wish I had gone with him). No chest x-ray was advised. I worked in a GP Surgery at the time and I couldn t understand why when Norman presented with shortness of breath symptoms, his doctor didn t send him for a routine chest x-ray as this is the normal procedure. Norman was prescribed Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) tablets and referred to the rapid access chest pain clinic because he had a family history of Ischaemic heart disease (IHD). August 17th. Norman presented at the surgery again complaining of epigastric pain and was given Gaviscon, but still no chest x-ray. September 1st. Norman underwent an Angiogram which showed he had some blocked arteries and he was referred to a Cardiologist. There was talk of him having to have bypass surgery or a stent. However, as Norman had suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1968 the Cardiologist wanted to see the medical records regarding this before he made any decision about surgery. There was more delay as his GP didn t have Norman s medical records up-to-date even though he d been a patient for 40 years. September 9th. Norman was seen by another GP at the Practice still complaining of shortness of breath on exertion. His blood pressure was still high so his medication was increased, but still no chest x-ray was advised. October 8th. Norman was seen by another GP at the practice complaining of a dry cough. His chest was examined and reported as normal in his medical notes (still no chest x-ray) and he was prescribed cough linctus. November 3rd. I was feeling very concerned about Norman because he had developed a dry cough. I thought it might have been his blood pressure medication but was advised that it didn t have that side effect. So off to see his GP again with instructions from me to ask for a chest x-ray, which he did. BINGO! He was asked to go right back to his GP because he had pleural effusion, and this time I went with 4

5 him. The GP was very sorry about the result and I could tell it was a serious diagnosis. I blame myself everyday for not going with him to see his GP from the start, or to A&E when he first had symptoms in July. If I hadn t been going through treatment for my own cancer and still coming to terms with the diagnosis, I might ve been a bit more aware of Norman s symptoms. But we trusted our GP s and believed Norman had Angina, but he never needed to use the GTN tablets. Norman was seen by four different GP s at the practice and only when we requested a chest x-ray did we finally know what was causing his shortness of breath. Norman had a pleural effusion right lung malignancy. December 1st was the worst day of my life. Norman underwent Bronchoscopy and Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) with biopsy, four litres of fluid was drained from his chest. The diagnosis was definitely a malignancy which was inoperable. It was then that Mesothelioma was suspected. I can still see his face as he was given the diagnosis. He said I m sorry to me, he looked so frightened. I am so angry with the GP s at our practice for letting my Norman down. If he hadn t been diagnosed with Angina he might ve been considered fit for surgery, as it was, we were told any surgery would probably kill him. Although I have worked in a GP practice for 16 years I had never come across Mesothelioma. I couldn t even pronounce it at the time, now it just rolls off my tongue. Asbestos Exposure History Norman knew he had been exposed to asbestos when he worked as a Maintenance Electrician at what was then called Fisher Bendix 45 years ago. It changed names a few times and went from making washing machines, juice cordials and then radiators. Norman recalled working above the paint shop repairing the fans used to dry the paint; these pipes were all covered with Asbestos plus the fact that the fans must have blown these deadly fibres everywhere and my Norman was allowed to continue to work up there without any knowledge of the dangers of being exposed to Asbestos or any protective clothing or masks. This was from 1964 to Norman worked shift work which included a night shift he would come home at 6am and bottle feed our baby son Kenneth when he was just newly born before he went to bed, not to forget the cuddles he gave our three year old daughter Diane as well. I have some concern that he must have brought some of these fibres home in his hair or on his clothes and our babies were then exposed to these deadly fibres, not to mention myself. Our children are in their late forties now just the same length of time that it took Norman to show the signs and symptoms of Mesothelioma, and I ask, should we watch and wait, or are there any new tests that my children could have? 5

6 Norman Fletcher s Mesothelioma Treatment November 3rd Fast track suspected Lung Cancer referral sent by GP Surgery November 11th. Seen in Lung Shadow Clinic Whiston by Dr Agarwal. Bloods taken, spirometry, Norman coughed all through this. Fine needle aspiration done at my request. November 22nd. CT Thorax Abdomen with contrast performed at request of Dr Agarwal Whiston Hospital. November 24th. Attended Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for Stress Echo Test. After showing the consultant Norman s chest x-ray report he refused to carry out the test. November 25th. Seen in Lung Shadow Clinic by Mr Shackcloth referred to Mr Carr for surgery at Broadgreen Hospital as Mr Shackcloth was going on leave. December 1st. Hospital admission Broadgreen Liverpool for Bronchoscopy, right VATS Pleural Biopsy, Talc Pleurodesis and insertion of Pleural drain, 4 litres of straw coloured fluid aspirated. Appearances suggestive of malignancy. December 7th. Discharged from hospital awaiting histology results. December 9th. Histology report: - Fluid contains abundant malignant cells in keeping with a malignant mesothelioma. December 16th. Diagnosis of Epitheloid Mesothelioma given by Dr Hendry at Whiston Hospital Merseyside. Plan of treatment: - Recover from VATS pleural biopsy. Refer to Dr Marshall re: palliative chemotherapy. Referred to district nurse and Liverpool Asbestos Support Group. Dec 23rd. Hospital appointment with oncologist Dr Marshall cancelled due to him being off sick. December 30th. Seen by Dr Marshall Oncologist at St Helens Hospital. Advised 4 cycles of Pemetrexed and Cistplatin Chemotherapy arranged to start on 20th January every three weeks at St Helens Lilac Centre. He also told us that any surgery was out of the question as it was too risky although Norman was quite healthy after the fluid had been drained. January 20th Norman started his chemotherapy which took all day. Back home we were both very nervous waiting for any reactions, he d taken the medications given and rested. January 27th. Norman had very high temperature; we were advised to take him to Whiston. Bloods taken and sent home. January 30th. High temperature again, went to A&E Whiston ECG,CXR, bloods and urine tested. Antibiotics prescribed. January 31st. Blood sugars high spoke to GP he just issued script for Metformin (which Norman never took). February 10th. Second cycle of Chemotherapy given at the Lilac Centre St Helens. February 16th. Appointment at Old Swan Homeopathic Centre Liverpool to discuss Iscador injections. We were told about this treatment by another Meso Warrior. February 24th. Seen by Dr Marshall Oncologist for review, discussed Iscador treatment. He said nothing has been proved about the use of Iscador but he had no objections about Norman receiving this treatment along with the Chemotherapy. February 28th. Norman had his first injection of Iscador. March 3rd. Attended Lilac Centre for third cycle of Chemotherapy, Norman complaining of some chest pain in the night. Advised not to have the Chemotherapy that day and to come back the following week. March 7th. Iscador injection given. March 10th. Third cycle of Chemotherapy given at the Lilac Centre St Helens. March18th. Iscador injection given. March 31st. Fourth and final Chemotherapy given at the Lilac Centre St Helens. April 5th. CT Scan. April 14th. Seen by oncology Nurse. CT Scan has showed significant shrinkage. Great news May 27th. Iscador injection three times a week given by myself. June 23rd. Seen by Oncologist Dr Marshall at St Helens Hospital. June 24th. Hospital admission for chest drain and talc pluerodesis. July 6th. CT Scan. July 14th. Seen by Dr Marshall Oncologist Whiston. 6

7 July 28th. Seen in Chest clinic Whiston. August 11th. Hospital admission Chest drained again four litres of fluid drained. Pluerodesis performed August 17th. Norman s 70th Birthday still has chest drain in. August 18th. Talked doctors into discharging Norman for his birthday party. (I knew this was going to be his last birthday). November 11th. St Barts CT Scan seen by Dr Steele. November 25th. Seen by Mr Shackcloth for review he advised removal of the drain but Norman asked if it could wait until the New Year. December 8th. Hospital review by Mr Shackcloth at Whiston Norman was doing very well and very optimistic about being suitable for the ADAM trial at St Barts London. August 20th. Holiday to Ireland with the family. September 8th. Seen in Chest Clinic Dr failed to notice lump at drain site, I pointed this out and he went to get the consultant radiologist who arranged radiotherapy treatment at Clatterbridge. September 9th. Appointment with Dr Steele at St Bart s regarding the ADAM Trial. What a breath of fresh air he was, he gave us both hope and even suggested decordication treatment as Norman looked so well. Norman was to have tests to see if he was suitable for this Trial. We came away feeling a lot more positive. September 12th. Start of Radiotherapy on site of the VATS procedure done in December (I ask myself why radiotherapy was not given at this time). Looking through the medical records it was decided at the MDT meeting it was not necessary, how little they know of this nasty horrible monster of a disease, the way it creeps through any space it can find. September 16th. 11am. Fifth and last Radiotherapy treatment at Clatterbridge. 2pm Hospital admission Whiston Chest drain. September (date unsure). Norman was seen by Mr Shackcloth, chest surgeon options discussed because Norman was now under the care of Dr Steele at St Barts as well and as he had discussed the possibility of Norman having some decordication. Mr Shackcloth offered Norman the choice of decordication or a further VATS pleurodesis with chest drain plus the fitting of a permanent chest drain to enable us to drain any further fluid ourselves, preventing all these hospital admissions. Norman opted for the VATS procedure. January 6th St Barts CT scan no change bloods taken biopsies requested from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. February 1st. St Barts PET Scan. February 2nd. Mr Shackcloth Whiston Drain to be removed on the 6th February. February 9th. St Barts ADI PEG 20, given two injections in buttocks, to have this weekly for six months. Norman feeling good and looks so well. February 15th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. February 22nd. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. February 23rd. PET Scan at St Barts. February 29th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. March 1st. Mr Shackcloth & Dr Jain radiotherapy consultant review Whiston. March 7th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts review with Dr Steele. March 12th. Clatterbridge Radiotherapy one dose on site of drain removal. Norman was very tired after this, worst he has felt throughout his treatment. March 14th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. March 21st. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. March 28th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. CT Scan shows stable disease everyone very pleased with Norman s progress. April 4th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. April 11th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. April 18th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts. October 7th. Pre operation at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. October 11th. Above procedure done by Mr Shackcloth. October 25th. Post operation review. We had a lot of training issues regarding the permanent drain. Training was needed by the nurses and me including the nurses at our GP Surgery. However, Norman had no more problems with fluid and we never had to use the procedure. April 25th. ADI PEG 20 injections given St Barts half way through the trial. Unfortunately Norman had an anaphylactic shock right after the injections were given, he was totally unresponsive I thought he was dead. Everyone acted so quickly oxygen, antihistamines and steroids given. Norman responded well. The doctor said it would be too dangerous for Norman to have any more ADI PEG 20 and wouldn t be able to continue on the trial. We were devastated. But we were told Norman would still be under their care which was reassuring. 7

8 We had been travelling to St Barts in London every week for four months now Norman having to have his bloods taken the day before his treatment the results were faxed from Whiston through to St Barts on one occasion Norman needed to have a blood transfusion. It was arranged for him to have it back at home (more stress trying to organise it). Why they did not do this at St Barts as we were already there. April 26th. Review with Dr Jain, Radiotherapy Consultant, everything looks fine. May 2nd. St Barts Review. We had a short holiday meeting up with two Meso Warriors, Mavis and Ray Nye in Kent then off to Cheltenham to see our Granddaughter Mili dance in her last festival. Norman looked so well. May 25th. St Barts Scan results discussed with doctor. Showed some shrinkage but what looks like an infection in Norman s good lung. He was prescribed antibiotics. May 28th. Norman not well at all could not stop coughing the previous night so off to see the GP again. We had planned a cruise around the Scottish Highlands after Norman came off the trial, we were supposed to go on May 29th. The GP examined his chest and said to go on our holiday as the sea air would do us both good. I was expecting him to admit Norman to hospital I was gobsmacked and asked about Norman having oxygen and a nebuliser but he shook his head saying Norman did not need them pm had to go downstairs to get Norman to come to bed he got as far as the bottom of the stairs and sat on the bottom stair. He finally made it up the stairs (I was very frightened looking at him so very weak) he got into bed and the coughing started really bad so I called the paramedics who came within minutes. Norman s oxygen levels were very low they gave him oxygen and he picked up very quickly. So off to hospital in the ambulance, I followed in the car. We waited five hours before a doctor came to see Norman. She did nothing for him. Just left him on the oxygen, he was not given any of the antibiotics he had been prescribed by St Barts even though I gave all his medication to one of the nurses. I went home to get some sleep, I was so very tired and I needed to phone the children. I slept for a couple of hours and Norman woke me with a text saying please come when you can. He had to keep calling the nurses because he couldn t breathe, he told me they thought he was a nuisance. He was still on the GP Assessment Unit none of his medication had been given to him, but he had CXR done. He had not been put on any fluids or been given any of his antibiotics, basically other than oxygen he received no treatment. When the GP came to see him she said he had Community Acquired Pneumonia and he might not recover. Fortunately I knew this GP as she used to play tennis with us ladies. I asked her to try and get Norman onto a ward and could he be started on fluids and antibiotics. Bless her she did all this for us. Norman on the ward all the nurses making a fuss over him he had been on this ward so many times, now he was getting IV antibiotics and fluids along with a nebuliser which seemed to be helping him with his coughing and breathing. The children finally arrived on the ward Diane from Cheltenham and Kenneth from Cumbria. Norman picked up when he saw them. They thought it was just another hospital admission for their Dad; they spent the afternoon with him and went back to our house while I stayed with Norman. Diane had told Kenneth to go home because she thought it was another false alarm. Norman was coughing so much he was worn out. When he had seemed to settle I said I was going home to get a little sleep it was after 11pm (how I wish I had stayed with him. I still can t forgive myself for leaving him). I got home and Diane had already rung Kenneth to come back and he was there when I got home. Kenneth went straight back to the ward bless him. I went to bed. When I woke up Diane was already at the hospital. Norman had been really bad all night the rapid response team had been in and out poor Kenneth he had the worst night of his life watching his Dad fighting for his breath and Norman kept asking them where is your Mother? 31st May. I arrived at the hospital early. Norman struggling with his breathing and coughing all the time. He was now complaining of some chest pain so the rapid response team were back again doing what they do. So many people in the room Norman looked so very frightened I remember feeling so very cold. I was wearing Norman s dressing gown and his sweat pants, I could not stop shivering. Dr Agarwal came to see him and Norman was so relieved he said here s the man as he had so much faith in Dr Agarwal. He took one look at Norman and said Norman you have had the maximum treatment here ; I can still see my love s face. He knew he was losing his fight against this monster of a disease. Dr Agarwal said he would go and see his colleague Dr Frances in ICU to see if he could help in anyway. Dr Frances came right away to see Norman and offered to put him under sedation and try to treat the infection or they could try a tighter oxygen mask. Yes my Norman was dying fighting for his breath. 8

9 Norman opted for the sedation so off to intensive care unit (ICU) we all went with so much hope and many prayers. Before they put him under sedation I was leaving the ward and turned around to look at him, he waved me back and gave me my last hug with such love in his eyes for me. Norman was treated in the ICU for a week but he never regained consciousness. We sat with him all day. Just two of us at a time until we were asked to leave. The care Norman received was amazing such dedicated staff. They treated him with wide spectrum antibiotics; his kidneys failed so they put him on dialysis, gave him blood transfusions and maintained his blood pressure. Such dedicated staff, I can t thank them enough for the care they gave my Norman. 7th June Dr Frances was back from his leave, he wanted to see us all. I knew they wanted to turn off the respirator and stop all the treatment. We knew Norman had passed. To me, he died on the 31st May after he gave me his last hug. I stood and watched as they turned all the machines off. We were all stood around his bed Diane, Kenneth Norman s twin brother Fred. For some reason they had a radio playing quietly beside Norman s bed. After Dr Frances examined Norman and said he d gone, he left us with Norman for a bit. Kenneth went white as the song that was playing on the radio was called What s the frequency Ken another song was All sit down I ask myself is this why they have a radio playing? Norman was 70 years old. I have not found it easy writing this and I still have unanswered questions. I gave permission for a limited post mortem they wanted Norman s lungs so hopefully they were used for research into the treatment of Mesothelioma. The report showed no infection although they put Pneumonia on his death certificate and Mesothelioma. The report stated Norman had died from Acute Adult Distress Syndrome. I made an appointment to see Dr Frances for him to explain the post mortem report to me. He is a lovely man and although he had told me he would do everything he could to make my Norman better. It was not to be. I will always be grateful to him for giving Norman the choice to die under sedation and not fighting for his breath. I asked him if Norman knew he was dying and he looked at me with great sadness and said yes. Dr Jeremy Steele telephoned me asking what had happened. He was so shocked to hear that Norman had lost his battle so very quickly. I said you tell me... he had no answers. I spoke to him in October 2012 at the UK Mesothelioma Conference held in London. I was still looking for answers; he just said that s the nature of Meso. I would like to add my undying gratitude to the Meso Warrior Family I don t know what I would have done without their support and knowledge they gave us through this journey and are still giving me and my family now. God Bless you all. 9

10 Treatment Centres If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos disease, finding the right help can be difficult. We have compiled a list of some of the UK s top treatment and trial centres for asbestos diseases. Many have been recognised for their survival success rates and pioneering treatments, so you ll always be in safe hands. Christie Hospital NHS Trust 550 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4BX. Telephone: The Christie Hospital NHS Trust is the largest single-site cancer treatment centre in Europe, and offers services including diagnosis, treatment and general care for cancer patients, as well as cancer education. Website: Papworth Hospital Papworth Everard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 8RE. Telephone: Papworth Hospital is the largest international specialist Cardiothoracic (heart and lung) hospital in the UK and includes the country s main heart and lung transplant centre. Also provides a Mesothelioma support service. Website: Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital Aldermaston Road, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9NA. Telephone: Centre for specialist treatment of Peritoneal Mesothelioma. Home to Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Dr. Faheez Mohamed and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (chemo bath). Website: The Royal Marsden Hospital Fulham Road, London, Greater London SW3 6JJ. Telephone: The Royal Marsden, together with its academic partner, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), is designated as the UK s only National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) dedicated solely to cancer. Provides both trials and treatments. Website: Contact form online Glenfield Hospital Groby Road, Leicester, Leicestershire. LE3 9QP Telephone: Respiratory and Cardiothoracic Centre, Mesothelioma Centre and home to Mesothelioma UK and Professor Dean Fennell. The specialist lung cancer centre has excellent lung cancer survival rates and an extremely active research programme. Website: Derriford Hospital Derriford Rd, Plymouth, Devon PL6 8DH Telephone: Derriford Hospital is a large teaching hospital in Plymouth. It is one of three hospitals approved to conduct Mesothelioma trials. Website: Contact form online Guy s Hospital St. Thomas Street, London, Greater London SE1 9RT. Telephone: Guy s Hospital offers some of the top cancer specialists in the country, the very latest state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering treatments, thanks to their extensive research programmes. Website: St. Bartholomew s Hospital West Smithfield, London, Greater London EC1A 7BE. Telephone: St. Bartholomew s Hospital (Barts), is a leading, internationally renowned teaching hospital based in the City of London. It is the centre for Mesothelioma research (UK wide). Home to Dr. Rudd and Jeremy Steele (Chairman of Mesothelioma UK). Website: Contact form online 10

11 Consultant Profile Mr Faheez Mohamed Mr Faheez Mohamed is one of five Consultant Colorectal Surgeons in partnership at the Basingstoke Colorectal Centre. Mr Mohamed specialises in treating Peritoneal Mesothelioma. He qualified in medicine at St George s Hospital, London in After gaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1996, Mr Mohamed remained in the North East of England and continued into higher surgical training and was subsequently awarded a Doctor of Medicine at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2005 based on his research into intraperitoneal chemotherapy for the treatment of intra-abdominal cancer. In September 2007 Mr Faheez Mohamed was granted the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Since gaining this fellowship this eminent surgeon has continued with his involvement in extensive research on peritoneal surface malignancy under the supervision of Dr Paul Sugarbaker, Washington DC, USA. Mr Faheez Mohamed is currently Consultant Surgeon at the National Specialist Commissioning Group, Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Centre at the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Foundation Trust in addition to his partnership within the Basingstoke Colorectal at the Hampshire Clinic. Arrange a consultation with Mr Mohamed at the centre by calling his private secretary, Clare directly on Option 1 Take 5 and Stay Alive is a British Lung Foundation campaign that raises awareness of the dangers of asbestos. Your entire family can be affected by invisible asbestos dust you may bring home on your work clothes. It s nasty stuff and doesn t discriminate! Asbestos is the biggest on the job killer of tradespeople in the UK. Each week on average it kills 20 tradesmen, including 4 plumbers, 6 electricians and 8 joiners. Don t dismiss it as a thing of the past it s still a very real and dangerous threat. If you don t deal with asbestos responsibly you ll be putting everyone on site at risk. Do the right thing by your colleagues. Always speak up if you come across asbestos and follow the right procedures. If you re not clued up about asbestos you re not doing a good job and it will soon become common knowledge. Be prepared for bad ratings and negative customer feedback. No one wants a cowboy in their home endangering their family. Full credit: British Lung Foundation 11

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