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Jodie McCord

Jodie has worked tirelessly over the last year and a bit to facilitate one of her patients to return to swimming.  This was a hobby of the patients before she became ill.  However, due to her illness this became something that she was no longer able to do.  Swimming in theory doesn’t sound like a challenge, however the patient had undergone a laryngectomy due to a diagnosis of cancer.  This in itself made everyone panic at the thought of the patient being near water / potentially submerged.

Due to the patients desire to return to swimming, Jodie did not waver and thus started to investigate the options.  Working alongside a team in Devon, Jodie facilitated training and purchasing of equipment.  This turned out to be the easy bit.

Since the training Jodie has worked continuously with the local water safety team in Swansea Council in order to train the lifeguarding community in Swansea.  Policies and procedures have now been set up for the patient to swim independently in the community in Swansea.  Jodie is planning in involve the patient to support and roll out this training.  

Jodie finally got the patient into the water on the 15th February, 2018, in the national pool – she was absolutely over the moon.  We *think* she might be the ‘first swimming lary in Wales’...she’s definitely the first in Swansea/West Wales.  Jodie is hoping next to get the patient into the hydrotherapy pool in ABMU to facilitate her ongoing rehabilitation, which may now be achievable working alongside her AHP colleagues.

This work has demonstrated that through partnership working we can meet patient’s goals, however scary or out of the norm they may be.  This work has demonstrated the heath board’s values through working together with a wide range of stakeholders, always improving specifically to meet the needs of the patients; thus caring for each other.  This patient was treated as an individual, however this has opened up the opportunity for future laryngectomy patients to have the opportunity to swim.

Without this partnership working with outside agencies, the goals of the patient would not have been achieved.  We now have the means and processes in place to support the future ‘lary’ population returning or newly finding swimming.

Amy Buckingham 9 months ago

This idea has been advanced to the current phase

Amy Buckingham 9 months ago

This idea has been moved back to the previous phase

Amy Buckingham 9 months ago

This idea has been advanced to the current phase

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