The GUTSY group met once again at the Fownes Hotel in Worcester, it was another well attended meeting with new faces joining the group.

Mr Martin Wadley Consultant in Upper GI surgery was in attendance and the meeting began with a Q@A session, some of the issues that were raised-

Changes to the Oncology service at Worcester, there are now two locum Consultants in post as Dr Charles Candish no longer running any clinics from Worcester as he is now based permanently at Cheltenham. All patients have the option if they are still under the care of Dr Candish can remain under his care or transfer their care to one of the oncologist’s who are Worcester based.

The group also discussed the challenges of ‘eating out’ and it was suggested that any restaurants offering a good service, in terms of smaller portions or adaptations to menus could be listed on this website. There are cards that are available which are produced by The Oesophageal patient’s Association which can be presented to explain that patients have a medical condition and can only manage small portions of food.

Mr Wadley also suggested that there may be members of the group who would like to have more input in how the group is ran and what the members would find beneficial to express their interest to Sharon or myself.

Christine Holloway who also attended our last meeting in May came along and talked about relaxation strategies and went through some simple exercises and techniques to combat any anxiety or negative thoughts. Christine provided lots of literature and was on hand to talk to the members about any issues or concerns they may have.

We also discussed Christmas! And all the members who attended were keen to have another Christmas get together this year. This obviously needs to be organised quite promptly as we are now in October so if there are any ideas please contact Sharon or myself on 01905 733615 or email us

See you at the “Christmas Do”

Donna Traynor Upper GI Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Worcester September meeting

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