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The Lymphoma & Leukaemia Fund (Wales)
Our charity (for short referred to as LLF) was founded in 1997 and inspired by the need to help fellow patients and/or family members undergoing haematology treatment in and around Swansea and West Wales. Frequently the needs of patients cannot wholly be met from the NHS budget. The LLF aims, where possible, to raise money to assist not only with urgently needed resources such as medical equipment, but also to provide support for the human difficulties so frequently encountered with life threatening diseases.
We focus our efforts on the Haematology Department at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, which is one of the leading medical units of its kind in the United Kingdom. This arrangement creates a close link with the professionals in the field and the recipients of their efforts, the patients, which ensures that we target vital resources where the needs are greatest.
Where does the money go?
Phlebotamy service: in 1998 a two year project saw the beginning of what is now a well recognised home domiciliary phlebotomy service (essential blood monitoring via home visits) which has in the words of many “given us more quality time at home with the family”.
This service not only gives quality time to the patients seen at home but allows patients visiting the hospital outpatient department more valuable time for consultations, as the numbers attending are consequently reduced. Due to the overwhelming success of this service a third nurse has been employed and the service has increased to cover areas such as Bridgend and Carmarthenshire.
Refurbishment of the Haematology day unit: the unit was first fitted out by the LLF in 1999 and almost ten years later was in need of updating. Again the charity came to the rescue and created a state-of-the-art treatment and examination unit, incorporating specialist power driven chairs, infusion pumps and clinical procedure trolley’s at a cost of almost £30,000, which has provided Singleton with a day unit the envy of many similar centres.
The human side: naturally, equipment is only part of the patient’s needs; many require assistance from social services, benefit advice and so forth. When after all the available resources have been exhausted, the LLF has helped with any shortfalls that are causing the patient distress by, for example, assisting with utility bills to ensure heating and electricity supplies are maintained and even helping with nursery equipment and much needed holidays in certain cases.
A recent project: the latest project for the LLF is to provide a two year funded post for a day unit receptionist, who will ease the administrative demands on nurses and allow them to concentrate on patient treatment.
A large number of patients have benefited enormously by the generosity of supporters of our charity. So much has been done and so much more can be done with your help.
LLF can be contacted by email