Coronavirus update

The team at Friends of ANCHOR is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the current Coronavirus pandemic.

In these uncertain times our utmost priority is the safety of patients. With that at the forefront of our minds, and at the instruction of the senior team at NHS Grampian, we have temporarily suspended our wellbeing services within the ANCHOR Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

While we are very sad to see this happen, we fully understand and respect the decision that has been made, and we will be ready and waiting in the wings when the green light is given to go ahead with supporting patients again.

The main reason behind this move is to limit non-essential contact with patients, which is crucial during this period. We know the wellbeing service has a lasting impact on patients and while we would love to see it continue, the reality is that the focus must be on treatment and protecting those who have weakened immune systems.

Our wellbeing provisions will still be available for all patients and will be distributed throughout the Unit by our ward assistants.

In these uncertain times more than ever, we feel a great sense of privilege to work alongside the incredible teams at NHS Grampian. Our heartfelt thanks and full support go to all those who are taking care of our loved ones in the ANCHOR Unit and throughout the whole medical setting.

Patients, please know your safety is paramount and at the centre of this NHSG decision. The NHSG website (www.nhsgrampian.org) will continue to give you the latest advice and information on how to best look after yourselves. We look forward to being able to switch our services back on as soon as it is safe to do so.

How we help

Friends of ANCHOR has served oncology and haematology patients throughout the North-east of Scotland, including Orkney and Shetland, since the ANCHOR Unit opened in 1997.

Run by a small team and stewarded by a committee comprised of senior representatives from the ANCHOR Unit wards and clinics, and the business community, the charity’s founding aim was, and remains to this day, to provide the best possible treatment, care and support to patients.

In the last five years alone, Friends of ANCHOR has invested £4m directly into research, equipment and wellbeing within the Foresterhill Health Campus. Read on to find out more about these investments.

Anchor Unit staff

Research

Funding local, leading research to push the boundaries in the fight against cancer

An annual commitment of up to
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to fund multiple pilot research projects to help grow the foundations of our knowledge of cancer and diseases of the blood, to produce initial data and results to attract large-scale research funding
Research
Research
Our clinical fellowships are granted for a period of up to
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to support fellows through their research endeavours
Our latest fellow, Kirsten Laws, had an investment of
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to investigate the effects of oxygen levels within lung cancer cells to target treatment more effectively
Kirsten Laws

Equipment

Investing in the latest technology to continually develop and improve cancer diagnosis and treatment

The continued support of the latest diagnostic equipment including a spend totalling
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for the Head and Neck Clinic in funding endoscopes and laryngoscopes
Equipment laryngsoscope
Equipment - Nuclear medicine
Nuclear Medicine investment brought a first for Scotland last year with funding totalling over
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to equip the department with a radiopharmaceutical dose administration system for more effective cancer diagnosis and treatment
Supporting the Gastroenterology department to the tune of
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for advanced diagnosis and treatment for patients with upper intestinal cancers
Equipment

Wellbeing

Offering additional care, comfort and support to patients during their time at the ANCHOR unit

Annual patient wellbeing services and provision totalling an average of
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Wellbeing
Wellbeing
Friends of ANCHOR Wellbeing team
Staff wellbeing promoted through development opportunities, clinical scholarships and recognition initiatives
Wellbeing
Wellbeing

The Friends of ANCHOR committee

The committee is comprised of senior representatives from the ANCHOR Unit wards and clinics, and the business community

Committee member
James S Milne
CBE, DL, DHC, Hon DBA, Hon FRIAS
Chairman & Trustee
Committee member
Louise Bennett
Senior Charge Nurse
Ward 310, ANCHOR Unit
Committee member
Donna Donaldson
Senior Charge Nurse
Ward 307, ANCHOR Unit
Committee member
Steve Gibb
Public Relations Manager
Balmoral Group
Committee member
Prof. Michael Greaves
Retired Professor of Haematology and Honorary Clinical Haematologist
Committee member
Dr Andy Hutcheon
Retired Oncologist,
Vice Chairman & Trustee
Committee member
Sarah-Jane Hogg
Fundraising and PR Manager,
Friends of ANCHOR & Trustee
Committee member
Dr Al Lawrie
Consultant
Haematologist
Committee member
Bill Main
Balmoral Group Financial
Director & Trustee
Committee member
Dr Graham Macdonald
Consultant in
Clinical Oncology
Committee member
Dr Trevor McGoldrick
Consultant Medical
Oncologist
Committee member
Kerry Nolan
Senior Charge Nurse
Ward 112, ANCHOR Unit
Committee member
Caty Smith
Senior Charge Nurse
Ward 114, ANCHOR Unit
Committee member
Prof. Henry Watson
Consultant Haematologist,
Haemophilia Centre Director & Trustee

What your support means

to the ANCHOR Unit