The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, Heartlands Hospital Charity, Good Hope Hospital Charity and Solihull Hospital Charity are a group of four hospital charities working together under the umbrella of University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, registered charity number 1165716.
The four hospital charities support patients, families and staff at their hospitals by providing ‘added extras’ that are over and above that which is provided by the NHS.
You can find out more about each of the individual charities below, as well as their shared mission, what has been funded, and meet the staff and Trustees who run the hospital charities.
The Giles’ Trust brain tumour fund was set up by England cricketer Ashley Giles and his wife Stine, to raise money to fund vital research into brain tumours at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
The pair set up the fund following Stine’s successful treatment to remove three brain tumours, on two separate occasions, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Continuing under the care of Professor Cruickshank at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, money that is raised through The Giles’ Trust will be directed to world class brain tumour research here in Birmingham.
The Prostate Cancer Appeal has the following aims:
1) To provide new innovative equipment for cancer treatments
2) To further develop research through clinical trials
3) To provide patient information and support
4) To promote earlier diagnosis
Equipment: QEHB Charity has provided funding for the Cyberknife machine giving patients the opportunity to access high-tech radiotherapy trials. The Charity provides ongoing support for the Radiotherapy Department.
Research: Nick James, Professor of Clinical Oncology, is driving the appeal forward. Amongst his research portfolio he is chief investigator for the international, multi-centre STAMPEDE Trial, a study which is becoming known as the first major change in care for newly diagnosed advanced prostate cancer since 1941.
Early Diagnosis: Typically men tend to approach their GPs for men’s health issues when symptoms are severe or, as in the majority of cases with prostate cancer, patients present to A & E with urine retention. At this late stage treatment for prostate cancer is difficult. Part of the Prostate Cancer Appeal is to consider a project enabling earlier diagnosis to be achieved. To enable patients’ access to medical treatment earlier there is a need to make the ‘seeking advice on men’s health and prostate issues’ less daunting, more easily accessible. Patients who receive an early diagnosis of prostate cancer have access to early curative treatments which are typically less invasive and shorter in time scale.
Project for 2019: A major current project is the “Man Van”. We know that many men with prostate cancer suffer symptoms in silence, often for many years, before presenting with their cancer. We are currently setting up an innovative outreach project whereby we will kit out a vehicle to go to workplaces as a drop in centre for men’s health issues including prostate cancer, but also other problems such as cardiovascular risk factors. We are about to start the first pilot clinics in the early 2018. The project will also build on previous highly successful music events which have served as an effective way of communicating a message about prostate cancer detection to high risk groups. This includes the Afro-Caribbean community, where there is roughly double the risk of developing prostate cancer, as well as increased risk of death once diagnosed. The increased risk of death is driven at least in part by late presentation, reducing treatment options. Better awareness can help outcomes.
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