A hospital in Portsmouth is gaining its first ever clinical nurse specialist focused on caring for patients with pleural disease.
Lucy Johnson is taking on two key clinical roles at Queen Alexandra Hospital – part of Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust – with the help of funding from national charity Mesothelioma UK.
“I have always had an interest in cancer care”
Ms Johnson will be a Mesothelioma UK clinical nurse specialist and will also become the hospital’s first pleural clinical nurse specialist.
In her new role, Ms Johnson will be supporting patients through diagnosis, investigations, treatment and symptom control for asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma as well as other pleural conditions.
The pleura is a thin membrane that covers the lungs and the chest wall. Mesothelioma usually affects the pleura, but it can also affect the lining of the stomach, heart or testicles.
Ms Johnson, who has been a nurse for 11 years mostly in London and has previously worked as a senior sister, said: “I am delighted to join Mesothelioma UK as a new clinical nurse specialist and the first pleural nurse specialist in the hospital.
“I have always had an interest in cancer care and moved around hospitals in London to get more experience in the sector.
“I’m aware of the devastating impact that mesothelioma has on people’s lives so am looking forward to working in Portsmouth and helping patients there, supporting them with life-changing situations and at vulnerable times.”
Ms Johnson is joining Mesothelioma UK’s network of around 30 clinical nurse specialists across the UK including Anne Moylan who is already working at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.
The charity’s head of nursing, Leah Taylor, said: “We are incredibly excited to welcome Lucy to our team, bringing her expertise and knowledge to strengthen the support available to patients, families and other healthcare professionals.
“We know that she will be a huge support to those affected by mesothelioma in Portsmouth, whilst providing care for those who need our help.”