UNDER the sponsorship of the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group a very interesting public lecture was given last week in the Retirement Centre by Alison MacRobbie who is the Palliative Care Pharmacist with NHS Highland.
Alison shared her vast experience in that area of care with a large mixed audience, many of whom are on their cancer journey and in various stages of treatment and recovery.
In his introduction, Chairman for the evening Angus McCormack, outlined her career to date and expressed the pleasure of the Men’s Cancer Group that they were able to take advantage of Alison’s visit to the Western Isles to undertake a teaching assignment at the Western Isles Hospital.
He stressed the links the group have with Maggie’s, Inverness, and how fortunate the group were to have this link and to have been introduced to Alison by Carole Bridge, Director of Maggie’s.
The talk was illustrated with a very clear and informative set of slides and delivered very professionally by Alison who is an expert in her field.
Her style of delivery was very effective and the audience responded well to her. A lively question and answer session followed and Alison was thanked on behalf of the group and the wider audience by Roddy Macleod, group Secretary.
Speaking to members of the audience after the lecture it was obvious that a great deal had been learned and Alison was able to put the experiences of cancer patients into a very real context. They found it to be most rewarding and re-assuring.
The lecture was followed by refreshments and the lively gathering took full advantage of meeting Alison on a one-to-one basis to the extent that the meeting over-ran its time considerably.
Before her departure for Inverness Alison assured members of the group that she would be delighted to return in the future and share some of her experiences. She was full of praise for the work being done by the group and said she would be using this experience to encourage the formation of men’s groups in other areas.