A specialist nurse has been appointed to support asbestos-related cancer patients in West and North Yorkshire, amid a rise in cases in the area.
Simon Bolton will work as a mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist at Harrogate District Hospital, a post funded by national charity Mesothelioma UK.
”There is a real need for more clinical trials and research in the region to support the growing number of mesothelioma cases”
The appointment follows an increase in mesothelioma cases in and around Yorkshire, with more than 100 in the past year.
Mr Bolton will work across the region to provide specialist support to both professionals and patients, raise awareness of the cancer and treatment options, and encourage more clinical trials.
An experienced cancer nurse, his previous roles include working with lung cancer patients at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and as a night nurse practitioner at Cookridge Hospital, a former cancer hospital in Leeds.
Most recently, Mr Bolton worked for Harrogate and District Foundation NHS Trust as a lung cancer nurse specialist and has also been involved with the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.
He said he was “delighted” to be taking on the new mesothelioma role. “There is a real need for more clinical trials and research in the region to support the growing number of mesothelioma cases,” he said.
“I also hope to support other healthcare professionals about anything relevant to mesothelioma and ensure patients receive the highest quality care, support and treatment.”
Mr Bolton is now the 12th person to join Mesothelioma UK’s specialist nurse team.
“I am delighted to welcome Simon to Mesothelioma UK, a passionate and dedicated team that is having a remarkable impact across the UK,” said Liz Darlison, consultant nurse and Mesothelioma UK director of services.
“With the increased number of mesothelioma patients in and around Yorkshire, Simon will focus on patient care, encouraging more clinical trials and research to take place, and taking the lead to support and educate more people on all aspects of mesothelioma,” she added.