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This event at St Finbarr's Sports and Social Club was a great success - we tested 67 men! This was excellent, especially since it was only 3 weeks since our last event (in Willenhall). Our thanks are due to the manager, John Coyle, and all our volunteers who created such a helpful and friendly atmosphere.
This meeting of the C&NW PCSG was held at the Ambleside Community Sports Club in Nuneaton on Thursday 7th June at 7:30. The meeting was well attended, and it was particularly nice to see two members who have been absent from the group for quite a while due to ill health. We had an informal and constructive exchange of experiences. This was followed by a brief description and discussion on the "Holistic Needs Assessment" application developed by Warwick University Medical School.
The latest UHCW Support Group meeting was well attended. Dr Darmesh Patel, a member of the Urology team gave us a well illustrated talk on the da Vinci Robot with particular reference to radical prostatectomies. There was an excellent opportunity to ask questions relating to the operation itself as well as the recovery stages.
This event at Willenhall Social Club was a great success - we tested 92 men! It was unusual in that we had no rush early on - just a steady flow of local men arriving, even up to the last minute. It certainly made it easier for us, as well as making time for many interesting conversations along the way. Our thanks are due to the manager, Angela Orton, who made a singular contribution to the success of this event. Angela originally invited us to hold the session, and she has supported and promoted the event at all stages.
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 26th April at 7:30 pm at the Coombe Social Club, Binley, Coventry. It was well attended and our Annual Report was reviewed and discussed. A key concern is how to increase our membership. We hope to welcome new members to our meetings and to help out with our awareness events. To view or download our Annual Report click the following link:
Annual Report - AnnualReport2017.pdf
The UHCW Prostate Cancer Support Group met on Monday afternoon on 9th April. We had an excellent talk from Nurse Sarah Roth on Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and its treatments. Sarah runs an ED Clinic at UHCW. Men can be referred to her clinic by Consultants or CNSs attached to the Urology and Oncology Departments. Despite the unusually low attendance, Sarah's talk was followed by many questions and a lively discussion. Click here for a summary of the treatments discussed.
Our recent awareness event on 17th March at the Windmill Sports and Social Club, Hartshill, Nuneaton was a great success. News of the event had spread throughout the local community by social media and by word of mouth. This resulted in an excellent turn-out (on a very cold day), and we tested 150 men. We were well hosted by Neil Price, club steward, and were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cllr Bill Hancox and his wife, Sheila. This event raised awareness of the risks of prostate cancer among the local community, and of the need for regular PSA testing.
Sheila Purnell prepares to take a blood sample from a relaxed Bill Tipple. Our recent awareness event at St Finbarr's Sports and Social Club was a great success. We tested 93 men and helped to raise awareness of the risks of prostate cancer among the Coventry community. A significant number of men had heard about this session from those that attended one of our earlier events at St Finbarr's. Thanks to all who worked so hard to ensure the smooth running of this testing session. Our next event at St Finbarr's will be on Saturday 9th June 2018, from 10:45am to 1:00pm.
Steve Cragg (2nd from left) presents Brian and Sheila Cooley with a cheque for £912.73. Steve featured a multi-coloured mohican hair style throughout Movember and raised this money from his generous friends and work colleagues. We are very grateful to Steve and all who helped him raise this enormous sum. Also present is Phil Hanrahan, Healthwise Coordinator at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby, who invited us to have a stall at the Centre in Movember and put us in contact with Steve.
This event was well attended, and in addition to the usual hospitality, we were rewarded with mince pies! We welcomed Sue Boyes who works for Prostate Cancer UK (PC UK); Sue is part of a team dedicated to the development of prostate cancer support groups throughout the country. She gave us an excellent talk in which she emphasised the importance of patient-led support groups, and the benefits of men with prostate cancer getting together to discuss their experiences and provide mutual support. Such groups vary widely in age, size, and ambition from the small and informal to larger groups that also raise money for their local hospital or to create awareness of the risks of prostate cancer.