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Karen Lord, Specialist Mesothelioma Nurse appointed in Leicester

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Karen will support asbestos-related cancer patients at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester

Karen Lord has been appointed as a Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL). The new post has been made possible through funding from Mesothelioma UK, a national charity dedicated to this asbestos-related cancer. Karen’s post will be the 13th addition to Mesothelioma UK’s Specialist Nurse team. 

In this full time post, Karen will work with colleagues across the East Midlands to ensure there is access to specialist support and information, and to promote a growing appreciation of the mesothelioma public health disaster currently being faced in the UK.

Karen will also promote awareness about the options available for mesothelioma patients by supporting, signposting and disseminating information, leading and generally offering appropriate clinical support. 

Karen has been a nurse for over 30 years, having trained at The Middlesex Hospital, London. She went on to hold posts as a cancer nurse in Sheffield, Nottingham, London and Norfolk before moving to Leicester where she worked in the Specialist Palliative Care Team. 

With a particular interest in research, Karen completed a PhD in 2014 at Leicester University and will continue to participate in research as part of her new role.

Commenting on her new role, Karen said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this new role, funded by Mesothelioma UK. There is a real need for more clinical trials and research in the region to support the growing number of mesothelioma cases. I also hope to support other healthcare professionals about anything relevant to mesothelioma and ensure patients receive the highest quality care, support and treatment. Patients still need to be made aware about the treatment options available to them and I hope to provide the vital information and support for them.”

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Director of Services and Consultant Nurse at UHL, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Karen to Mesothelioma UK, a passionate and dedicated team that is having a remarkable impact across the UK. With the increasing number of mesothelioma patients across the country, Karen 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.”

About Leicester's Hospitals:

Spread over Leicester General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals, University Hospitals of Leicester is one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country, serving the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – and increasingly specialist services over a much wider area.  The nationally and internationally-renowned specialist treatment and services in cardio-respiratory diseases, cancer and renal disorders reach a further two to three million patients from the rest of the country.  For more information, please visit www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk

About Mesothelioma UK:

Mesothelioma UK is a national resource centre dedicated to providing specialist mesothelioma information, support and improved care and treatment for all UK mesothelioma patients, their carers and health care professionals. The centre promotes the development of Specialist Mesothelioma Nursing practice and funds 13 specialist nursing posts around the UK. 

Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust is based at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Ourservices are free of charge and we rely entirely on donations, legacies, fundraising and sponsorship for financial support. For more information, visit www.mesothelioma.uk.com, email mesothelioma.uk@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or call the freephone helpline number on 0800 169 2409 (Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm). 


For press enquiries, please contact: 

Simon Gribbon, on behalf of Mesolthelioma UK
Mobile No. 07584 088353
Email: Simon@sandstarcomms.com