From a GP in Portree:
“I would like to thank Skye Cancer Care for funding my place on the course - this was generous and much appreciated. I really enjoyed the 2 days, and learned lots of new skills in the assessment and management of palliative care issues, which I hope I can use in practice during my period of training here in Portree over the coming year.
The course if definitely appropriate and relevant for both doctors and nurses, and the mixture of personnel on the course only enhanced learning through interesting discussions and differing points of view. It is certainly relevant for both hospital and community staff.”
From a GP in Kyle:
I thought the course was great. Lots of learning points to bring back to practice and we are already talking about implementing some tools in our weekly meetings with district and MacMillan nurses.
I thought it suitable for all, both community and hospital staff and nurses and doctors. There was lots of information but also plenty of discussion in smaller groups.
… please pass on my thanks to the Skye Cancer [Care] for allowing me to attend this course. I really did appreciate this opportunity.”
From a GP in Portree:
“In summary, a quality course:
• Good to meet with peers from across the land and share clinical experience
• Good to be stimulated and 'stretched' by the academics, who still have their feet on the ground
• The PPS system was interesting, and worth considering for our situation i.e. in its detail, rather than in the score number. Pain management always a challenge, some useful tips. Renal disease end-care very useful. Nausea/vomiting and constipation - up-to-date practical advice very helpful.
• Useful for all i.e. nurses and doctors, community and hospital staff.
A very good project for Skye Cancer Care to continue to fund.”
Skye Cancer Care SCI0 Scottish Charity No. SCO47224
Skye Cancer Care funded 8 places on a 2 day Palliative Care course held in Inverness in March 2018.
A mixture of Skye based Doctors and Nurses (community, hospital and nursing home based) attended.
The following is some of their feedback:
I very much enjoyed the skills mix at the training. The knowledge and skills shared will enhance my working practice and I would recommend attendance to all health professionals. Thanks to Skye Cancer Care for supporting.
S. McCann, Community nurse
It was a really useful and enjoyable two days. It was useful both for developing my knowledge and also for networking with others around Highland. I've already had a chance to use what I've learnt in the week since coming back....and have lots of ideas I want to follow up.
GP from Portree
I really enjoyed the palliative care course in Inverness recently.
Palliative care is a demanding but rewarding part of health care, which we do 24/7 in Portree hospital.
Learning was focussed on the holistic care of patients & families. I was able to ask about management of pain and other symptoms including in cardiac failure. There was an update on oral care and I learnt where to find out about psychological support. The course also provided useful networking and the chance to chat with colleagues.
K. MacKinnon, Staff nurse, Portree Hospital
I found the course worthwhile and very relevant, I enjoyed the variety of topics they covered especially the effects of pelvic radiotherapy and also immunotherapy.
Thank you to Skye Cancer Care for funding my place, it was much appreciated.