MDS UK attend British Society for Haematology (BSH) annual scientific meeting

Lead researcher Blossom Bell & Support Ambassador for Scotland, Maureen Sturrock

In late April, MDS UK attended this year’s British Society for Haematology (BSH) annual scientific meeting in Liverpool.

This three-day, annual event brings the professional haematology community together, to listen and learn from each other, and transform the care BSH members provide to those affected by haematological conditions  

Our main aim of attending was to increase awareness of MDS UK in the wider blood cancer community, by highlighting the support we offer and the difference this can make to their patients. Since many people find us through referrals from their consultant or nurse, it's crucial that we raise awareness of MDS UK within the clinical community.

Over the three days our stand was visited by many health professionals, particularly by those treating MDS and CMML patients. Our literature was well received and stocks of our newly revised MDS Guide and Patient Information Booklets soon disappeared, with additional orders to fulfil once we got back to the office.    

Maureen Sturrock delivering her presentation 'Patient Power – B positive in A negative situation'

Maureen Sturrock

Maureen also used the opportunity during her presentation to emphasise the benefits of support groups for patients - patient support being a “hot” topic that came up time and again during the event. There was even a dedicated session called 'The Patient Support Groups' – where four patients shared their own blood cancer journeys, highlighting the huge benefits they gained through engaging with support groups, and what type of support they found most valuable.     

The main aim of the patient support session was to highlight to professionals all the reasons why they should signpost patients to support groups like ours. An aim achieved, as the session attendees were asked if they were more likely to refer patients to support groups because of the session, and their response was 100% yes. Interestingly, after this session our MDS stand experienced an influx of visitors and patient literature requests - that alone made the trip to Liverpool worthwhile!  

In summary, our attendance at this years’ BSH achieved our main aim, to increase MDS UK awareness among professionals and distribute our literature so patients receive copies at time of diagnosis. Moreover, it highlighted the importance of professionals understanding the benefits of support groups from the patient’s perspective.

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