Arwyn Hughes, 65, who was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent a Cystectomy to remove his bladder earlier this year, has praised the follow up care he has received from the hospital team.
He said: “Even though I had my operation in Newport, I received most of my scans and follow up treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
“I discovered they were fundraising for a separate private room for patients in their department.
“I really wanted to help so I started fundraising this year for them to help them open this much needed space.”
Thanks to Arwyn’s fundraising, the Urology nurses now have their own designated private area within their department to provide further information on treatments to their patients after they have received their diagnosis.
Linda Williams, Uro-Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “We are extremely grateful to Arwyn for his fundraising.
“We are delighted to now have this separate private area in our department. Previously we struggled to find a room to have those extra important discussions with patients so having this available to us now is brilliant and will really benefit our patients.”
Arwyn has decided to speak out about his diagnosis with cancer to raise awareness of men’s health issues to mark the annual event of Movember.
He added: “I would urge anyone who is experiencing any worrying symptoms to contact their GP.
“It is more important now than ever, especially during the pandemic to not put these things off.
“I first started to notice blood in my urine and I didn’t think much of it until I told my wife and we immediately booked an appointment with our GP!
“Men tend not to take much notice and in general delay going to see their GP if anything seems wrong. What I would stress is that your health is the most important thing and if you act quickly it gives you a better chance to catch anything nasty early.”
For more information about Movember visit https://uk.movember.com/